Newcomer Cristina Araújo wins the Tusquets prize with a novel about a gang rape

A powerful debut, a first novel “of great psychological depth,” in the words of Sarah Mesa, for relaunch the Tusquets award and relocate the award in the increasingly dense network of literary recognitions of the Spanish geography. The novel, ‘Look at that girl.’ and the author, Cristina Araújo Gámir, Madrid from 1980 that, despite having several stories published in magazines such as ‘Archiletras’, had not yet been released with the novel.

“The vocation of the award is to discover new voices and consecrate young authors,” said Juan Cerezo, editor of Tusquets, during the announcement of a verdict with which, round play, Araújo has prevailed over the other 735 manuscripts without too many problems . “There has been no discussion” The writer Antonio Orejudo, spokesman for a jury that completes Mesa, Cerezo, Marta Barrio and Eva Coscullela, has highlighted.

“It is very surprising to find so much security in a first novel,” the latter highlighted when assessing a narrative that, adds Cerezo, “begins as a false youth novel and suddenly becomes a novel of extraordinary formation.” The fracture, the point of no return, occurs when Miriam, the protagonist of ‘Look at that girl’, is the victim of a traumatic and brutal gang rape. «It is a very delicate subject to build a novel. There is a risk of turning the narrative into a pamphlet of good guys and bad guys,” said Orejudo.

In ‘Mira esa chica’, Araújo reconstructs, from different voices and points of view, the effects of a rape that abruptly and heartbreakingly ends Miriam’s adolescence. “What interests me is all the whirlwind that runs through you inside when something like this happens,” explained the author herself. «You are not aware that you have obsessions that haunt your head. Sometimes you keep ideas in your head and then you put them together », she added.

Thus, pulling on the thread of news, series and disturbing readings such as ‘Hermana mía, mi amor’, by Joyce Carol Oates, Araújo has reached the Tusquets award podium with a novel that, underlines the jury, “lifts the scab and looks at the wound.” “I was scared but I didn’t want to tiptoe,” the author has summarized.

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