I’m amazed that someone as famous as Maximum orchard have the courage to undress emotionally in front of his readers as he did in his latest novel: ‘Goodbye little one’winner of the 2022 Fernando Lara Prize. A story that opens in chain to remember aspects of his childhood, the family heritage, the writing profession, and of course, Love, with a capital letter, as well as the passage of time and death. A book in which we see life pass, in which many actors appear, even if the protagonists are him and his parents, who were the pillar of his life, just like Clara, his mother, whom he watches age with serenity , as it does with her father, now deceased. A very personal book that touches the heartand in which he recounts his return to his roots, to the family home where he lives and writes, alongside his mother and his dog.
Máximo is thrilled to have his “storytelling side” back, and didn’t have to go far to write his latest book: “Novels pop up in the most unexpected places. In my case, I realized that instead of looking for stories in remote places, at florists, I had them at hand, on the balcony of my house”. His latest book has no complicated characters as protagonists, or maybe yes, and that’s it her parents were her big inspiration for her. So much, that he made them protagonists of a novel that aims to be the bestseller of the summer, even if it has not been an easy path.
former minister He totally immersed himself in the lives of his parentshow they were before they had it, when they were single, and a surprise was found: “MIt was very rewarding to see my parents before they were parents. That’s why I start by saying: my mother would have been happy if I had not been born“. “Many women got married because they got pregnant at a ball, others to leave the family home…”, he underlines before adding: “Lor what interested me most was whether they married the wrong personwith whom they have lived all their lives and with whom they had to get used to being in a relationship, and to founding their family”. “It’s painful”Huerta condemned.
About her chaplaindid not want to have a swear word, but recognizes that for him, he had to develop a very caring charactereven as a young man: “Because of the character of my father, who was a bar man, a street man, a truck driver, a Farias man, a zero talker, with this heightened masculinity, I stayed home to protect my mother from the noise when my father arrived with a drink too many. I’ve always had this goalkeeper role.”
Now, become “father of his parents” at 51there with a boyfriend she adores by her sidemakes sure that he wouldn’t mind returning to Madrid after settling in his native Valencia and working on Channel 9, where he sometimes got scared: “In Madrid, it seems that we always celebrate a birthday, a party, it doesn’t matter if it’s in the morning or in the evening. And I miss the freedom”, he explains. Specifically family responsibilities, and especially the delicate health of his mother, are those who stop it, but it does not exclude anything. Total, he already did when he left ‘The Ana Rosa Program’ to go to Paris without a fixed plan. “I no longer make plans. I live in the present”.
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“I love this time with my family, with my parents, the beach and the dog. We seem happy.”
Interview conducted at the Café Comercial in Madrid. C/Glorieta de Bilbao, 7. You can read the full interview at number 3700 of Ten minutesalready in the kiosk.
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