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Give the Gift of Memory This Christmas: 7 Titles to Recover Forgotten Figures of Our Past

Books versus disposable gifts. Memory against the ephemeral. Christmas is approaching and consumerism is unleashed. And then the sales will come. The pressure to spend and give away makes us often forget what is important: having a gift with someone is saying ‘I thought you might like this’. The alternative proposal is not to go without giving, but to do it better. How about we consume memory instead of disposable products? In that the book has an advantage. We propose seven titles for this Christmas; We propose to give memory, vindication of important but forgotten figures of our past.

In addition to taking us to incredible worlds with a carbon footprint much less than that of a Boing 747, it has the advantage that we can take whoever we want with us. Books can be given, lent, recommended and shared. They can take us to times when it is impossible for the biggest pile of money to access and can make us live stories that we didn’t even know had happened. That is the power of books, capable of making us remember and bringing social justice. Here are our seven recommendations to recover our memory, our past.

‘The seeds of silence’, by Soraya Romero Hernández (Kailas Editorial). The author, a Spanish-Swiss journalist, recovers the story of her great-grandmother in the Spanish Inclusa. This is the fate of thousands of children who were born from illicit relationships at the time, at the end of the 20th century. XIX, and that hindered the future of both mothers and sons and daughters. This novel highlights many real characters of the time and focuses on the plot organized by the grandmother to prevent the existence of the girl Gerónima from becoming known.

The Fifth Man’, by Antonio Pampliega (Peninsula). Pampliega, known for his career as a journalist in conflict zones – he was kidnapped by Al Qaeda in Syria – makes visible the reality of his own family in his latest novel. The protagonist is his grandfather, Emilio Pampliega, who is linked to the cold-blooded murder of Tomás Martínez Negro in Mejorada del Campo (Madrid) in the first months of the Civil War. A journey into family secrets that, without a doubt, reveal a very uncomfortable past.

‘The deceased’, by María Virginia Estenssoro (Editorial Espinas). The publishing house specialized in recovering invisible authors gives voice again to this Bolivian writer from the first half of the 20th century. XX. Considered one of the most avant-garde writers of her time, Estenssoro writes a story in memory of her deceased husband, where pain, dreams and violence run through the text. At the time of her, The deceased He was branded a monstrosity, condemned and terribly criticized, and Estenssoro did not publish again during his lifetime.

‘Vietnamites against Franco’, by Jesús A. Martínez (Chair). The war against the dictatorship was fought underground, in exile, in prisons and in all the corners that the regime did not control. Many times the thoughts, protests and demands had no other space than leaflets, posters, bulletins, letters, stickers or flyers that activists made on home-made printing machines called Vietnamese. Martínez’s book collects all the ingenuity, courage and a world, until now, lost in oblivion of those who dictate the memory of a State.

‘Jeanne Deroin’, by Sara Sánchez Calvo (Comares Editorial). Is it possible that we do not know the life of the first woman to run for election in France in the 19th century? Is it possible that we do not know that a woman was able to lead and unite more than a hundred labor organizations? All this and much more was done by Jeanne Deroin, a French socialist who ended up exiled in England and whose work, like that of many other women, has not transcended. The photographer and researcher Sara Sánchez remedies it in this thesis that has been published in a book with the aim that Deroin has the impact that she deserves beyond the Academy.

‘The promise Antonio Benaiges. The teacher who promised the sea’, by Javier Martínez Snacho and Sergi Bernal (Blume). This graphic novel tells the story of a republican teacher who was assigned to the small Burgos town of Bañuelos de Bureba in 1934. With an innovative methodology, with the active participation of boys and girls in his teaching and a way of understanding education that expanded To the entire town, Maestro Benaiges marked a before and after in this small town. At the end of 1936 he disappeared. Only 75 years later, when his remains are found in a grave, a resident of Bañuelos recovers his memory and the promise that he could never keep.

‘The first journalists’, by Carolina Pecharromán (Renacimiento Publishing House). The journalist specializing in gender takes a tour of the great female figures that journalism has had and who rarely appear in textbooks. Even in the faculties of Information Sciences, the names and works of pioneers in war reporting, in social, investigative, radio journalism, etc. are rarely remembered… Pecharromán tells of their achievements, but also the difficulties they had to develop their work and the obstacles of the sexist society. Furthermore, she notes that attacks on feminism have changed little in the last 200 years.

Laura L. Ruiz

“Journalist, woman and vegan, not necessarily in that order. Looking for topics and places that others prefer not to be visible”

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2023-12-20 08:11:36
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