Conversing with writer and journalist Karly Gaitán Morales in order to sketch out a prologue for the first Spanish edition of this book to be published in Mexico in 2012 for the 70th anniversary of the birth of Sergio Ramírez Mercado, we easily came to the conclusion that, like in Darío’s story, we all have a blue bird in our craniums. The blue bird has flown quite often since that day and this one in 2020, when I am updating the text for the second Spanish edition, with additions that constitute a testimony to the literary production of one of the most prolific writers in the Spanish language, and a Nobel Prize winner in the making, based on the quality and diversity of his —our— literature.
Karly, myself, Sergio’s readers have all been pursued across time by that incommensurable bird that is no longer confined in a cage, but rather enjoys total freedom in a multiplicity of genres, from police fiction to stories for the children that we are, were, and continue to be in his three books: El perro invisible (The Invisible Dog, 2006), La jirafa embarazada (The Pregnant Giraffe, 2013), and Los pájaros que se escaparon del cuadro (Birds that Escaped from the Picture, 2019). I had the good fortune to present Los pájaros at the Centroamérica Cuenta Festival, which cannot be held this year in Nicaragua for political reasons, and was celebrated in Costa Rica in mid-May 2019. I was there, like a blue bird escaped from the picture.
The blue bird of creation is indefatigable and continues fluttering around that young woman, Karly, for whom I was her first editor in chief when she made her start in cultural journalism. Thanks to Sergio’s influence a blue bird continues to inspire her, giving her new paths for her flights, new directions in creation, as for so many of the master’s disciples. Karly discovered a common passion for letters and fully identified with the demands as well as the joys of the profession experienced by the writer born in Masatepe on August 5, 1942. He is always nourished by poetry, as he explains to Karly in this book: “When I am writing a novel, I stop reading novels. I read poetry, because you feel the language much better, and I return to my favorite poets, reading poetry to immerse myself in literary language when I sit down to write... I read poetry to write novels.
”Sergio Ramírez began as a poet. His poems are in the first issues of Ventana, the journal he directed with Fernando Gordillo in the 1960s. But there’s more: in Sergio’s first book—Cuentos (Stories) with illustrations by Leoncio Sáenz, published with impeccable typographic style by Mario Cajina-Vega in his Editorial Nicaragüense on September 30, 1963—the author of the prologue is none other than the writer and then-rector of the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua, UNAN), Dr. Mariano Fiallos Gil, who praised his pupil’s writing qualities: “Here we have Sergio Ramírez: poet, short story writer, and organizer. He directs the journal Ventana and has evolved in the university agora. When he came for the first time, shortly before the July 23, 1959, massacre forced adolescents to suddenly mature, hewould recite other people’s poems with the awkwardness of someone who still hadn’t learned how to control his growing body. Later, he began to write poetry, stories, and criticism. The time will come— it’s on its way —when he will write plays and novels.” The author of Horizonte quebrado (Fractured Horizon) predicted a future for Sergio that has become a reality: “At that point he will find an open horizon for all time.”
Sergio Ramírez: Interviews and Chronicles
- Publisher : Casasola Editores (April 23, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 218 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1942369530
- ISBN-13 : 978-1942369530
- Item Weight : 13.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.55 x 9 inches