Aguilar had a good call to present his debut book, in which he combines the Salvadoran context, personal experience and fiction.
A personal catharsis that manages to become a fictional narrative, this is the first book of the young Salvadoran Roberto Aguilar, entitled “Pétalos de izote” and presented this June 7 at the Mexican Embassy, where a full panel discussion took place.
The edition includes five stories: “Libertad”, “Cerca de casa”, “La poza”, “Immensely far” and “Desenlace”, the first surrealist and the rest fiction based on true facts.
“The five stories are intertwined with the effects of one event, the Salvadoran Civil War. I want people of my age or even younger to understand the conflict, to understand where it comes from and that all the situations we live in today, which may not be so favorable, come from this,” explains the 28-year-old author.
His stories, of course, include the context of violence and criminal groups that have besieged the country for more than 30 years, a phenomenon that he experienced closely living in the municipalities of San Martín, Soyapango and San Antonio Abad. “But we are fixing the country; I am sure that everything will be fixed soon, many things have changed and I would say that we are on the right path together,” he emphasizes.
It is worth noting that the guide to writing this book was an emotional crisis, although his career is not exactly one of letters: “My feelings were very bad, psychologically depressed due to personal issues, and my partner said to me: why didn’t you start writing? And for me it was the best therapy.”
That’s how this young man, who works as a call center operator in English and whose previous studies were in the health field, ended up creating a series of stories that he passed from hand to hand before reaching the Mexican embassy, which he believed. In his project and narrative capacity, he therefore decided to support this official publication.
“I was very lucky, a person bought me a book and worked here, lent it to me, and that’s how everything happened… I’m very grateful to the Mexican Embassy,” he concluded.
where to get
The piece is available, at this time, only through the RA Editores fanpage, at a cost of $7.