Lola Peiró offers us biographical information about
in relation to his work
The Amazing Journey of Pomponio Flato
They say that Mendoza, when he was a child, wanted to be a boat captain, a bullfighter ... and who knows how many other things. It doesn't seem like he's any different than any other kid his age. But passing time, and remembering those anecdotes, one supposes that those adventures that he dreamed of left a kind of fondness for the imaginative that is perceived today in his wonderful stories. It is known from her family that she was fond of literature and that perhaps this habit of seeing books everywhere confirmed that adventures, adventures, could almost only be found between those pages and in her head. Is that one of the ways later called "vocation"?
Like almost all the young people of his generation, he studied law, I do not know if by vocation or by some tendency that the society of then had established, but he soon decided to take a look at the outside world and traveled, with scholarships or as a translator in official organizations (UN), cleverly leaving holes that he used in the office of writing.
In 1975 his first novel appeared in Spain with the title: "The soldiers of Catalonia", a novel that raised the eyebrows of the censors, for which it ended up appearing with the changed title: "The truth about the Savolta case". And since Franco dies a few months later, the novel in question becomes the pioneering publication of a change, the democratic transition, a democracy that Spanish society is going to release after long years of absence. A few months later, he will receive the Critics' Award, which will be followed by a good number of them more.
Mendoza continues traveling, I don't know if he continues translating, but he continues to write ... And during his career, we have come across "The mystery of the haunted crypt", "The labyrinth of olives", "The city of prodigies" ... in where we already recognize an explosive humor framed in a mixture of a crime novel and a very peculiar gothic story. Detective Ceferino, a client of a mental hospital, appears. So we will not be surprised to find an extraterrestrial, in "No news from Gurb", who contemplates the situation in Catalonia with some amazement, or a strange trip through space in "The last journey of Horacio Dos" ...
Mendoza must be read slowly, savoring its irony and lifting the lines a little to read between the lines. But however it is read, it is a real joy to jump on the bandwagon of his magnificent prose and let himself be carried away.
See Lola Peiró's comments on one of Eduardo Mendoza's works: The Amazing Journey of Pomponio Flato
Other works by Eduardo Mendoza:- The truth about the Savolta case (1975)
- The Mystery of the Haunted Crypt (1979)
- The Labyrinth of Olives (1982)
- The City of Wonders (1986)
- New York (1986)
- The cursed island (1987)
- Modernist Barcelona (1989)
- No News from Grub (1990)
- Restoration (1990)
- The year of the flood (1992)
- A light comedy (1996)
- The Adventure of the Ladies' Toilet (2001)
- Baroja, the contradiction (2001)
- The last journey of Horacio Dos (2002)