The novelist and short story writer from Trujillo, Sol Linares was recently awarded the Tristana Prize for fantastic novels in the XIV edition of the City Council of Santander, in Cantabria, Spain, for her work, Not all Cyclopes are born blind.
However, this is just one of the many awards held by the Venezuelan author praised for her prolific and deep writing.
At 43 years of age, his narrative work is considered an unavoidable reference in contemporary national letters and proof of this is that it has been collected in different plural anthologies, such as Anthology without end (Escuela del sur, 2012), De qué va el short story (Alfaguara, 2013) and Our closest relatives (Editorial Kalathos, Spain, 2016).
In addition, Sol Linares collaborates with the publication of literary articles and cartoons in various print media.
"How did you feel about winning the Tristana?"
—I think it is the first time that obtaining an award of this size exceeds personal joy and becomes a hug to my country. There are many reasons we have to jump with happiness because of such good news. When I managed to communicate with the Councilor of the City Council Javier Ceruti, I did not stop crying my eyes out. At that moment I hugged Venezuela; The truth? I feel like a Yulimar Rojas, like a Daniel Dhers. The Tristana Fantastic Novel Award represents my intimate Olympiad.
"What is it about Not all Cyclops are born blind?"
—This story addresses the lurid subject of congenital malformations. A Cyclops boy, no longer the Homeric character but one of flesh and blood, is confined in the Museum of Pathology. Have you ever walked into one? I do; it is the place where medicine exhibits or hides the strange decisions that cells made to conform exiled human beings. Through genetics, mythology and literature, the real message that this baby brings to his family is being dismantled. It is a deeply liberating message, like any encrypted message that diseases come to reveal to us.
"What does this fantastic imagination awaken in you?"
"I don't know how to answer this question." I still can't tell the fantastic from the real. I'm crazy. I think we all are a little bit.
"Are you currently working on any other work?" Tell us a little about it, what is it called and when do you plan to publish it?
—I have several unpublished books waiting for a coup de grace with some publisher or my decision to remove them from the drawer as self-publishing. At the moment, I am looking forward to the Chilean edition of Mamás on WhatsApp, under the seal of LP5 Editora, an editorial run by Gladys Mendía, writer, editor and translator, who has been doing important and loving work with Latin American literature.
Sol Linares was born in Trujillo in 1978.