Lecture in language
Marcelo Luján (ARG)
Author and literary lecturer
„It seems to me that evil is shaping us in this world, even though we are good people and do not break the law, even if we do not go to kill our neighbor. Evil is part of a person, you cannot get rid of it and overlook it. It's like a magnet we can find ourselves inside.“
Originally an Argentinian writer who emmigrated to Madrid, Spain, where he writes negra novels, coordinates cultural events, and leads literary workshops.
Marcelo's books belong to the detective subgenre called novela negra, but this classification is not entirely accurate. The gloomy and icy atmosphere of Marcelo's stories is enhanced by the motivations
Marcelo's books belong to the detective subgenre called novela negra, but this classification is not entirely accurate. The gloomy and icy atmosphere of Marcelo's stories is enhanced by the motivations and reactions of individual characters. The typical elements of novela negra such as a detective, and investigation, and a social theme are missing in Marcelo´s books. He does not tell the stories from a killer’s perspective. The mystery unfolds gradually, with the help of specific indicators.
Marcelo began publishing at the age of thirty, after immigrating to Spain. He first wrote short stories, and his first book of short stories, Flores para Irena (Flowers for Irene, 2003), received a first literary award. The story of an Argentine emigrant set in the Spanish underworld, the novel La mala espera (The Bad Expectations, 2009) was translated into French and Italian. Marcelo develops fully the dark theme of evil in the successful novels Moravia (Morava, 2012) and Subsuelo. The Czech translation of Subsuelo (Podhoubí, 20015) was published in the publishing house Argo. For this novel Marcelo was awarded three literary prizes, including the Dashiel Hammett Award in the genre of novela negra.