Ricard Ruiz Garzón (Barcelona, 1973), with La Inmortal (The immortal), and Francisco Díaz Valladares (Sevilla, 1950), with Tras la sombra del brujo (After the shadow of the warlock), are the winners of the 25th edebé awards for children and for Young-adult literatures, respectively.
Two dissimilar stories that, nevertheless coincide on showing a world where among intolerance, fear, revenge and violence, we also find friendship, effort, tenacity and success.
With a high technical control over the narrative structure, Ricard Ruiz Garzón, with La Inmortal offers the readers a moving story built as a chess game. An omniscient narrator places each game and their players: Judith, an obstinate and competitive girl, and Mr. Aliyat, a strange Iranian chess master. The reader will discover that, as in life, you can even win a game by losing it.
In Tras la sombra del brujo Francisco Díaz Valladares, a born storyteller, introduces us to an adventure set in the most exotic heart of Africa in the 21st century. Even though his skin was white, Julen was born in Africa and never felt strange there. On his return after studying away for a while, Julen discovers that there is no greatest hero than his grandfather, an intrepid anthropologist, and realizes that the rich African nature and its traditions coexist with the interferences of unscrupulous capitalism.
Edebe 2017 winner’s books will be published next March, just before Bologna book fair.