Barcelona, ​​September 21 (EFE).- The writer Cristina Araújo Gámir has won the 18th Tusquets Novel Prize with the work “Look at this girl”, which imposed itself among the 736 manuscripts submitted to the competition with a work in which it addresses the issue of gang rape of women.

With “Look at this girl”, Cristina Araújo makes her narrative debut by immersing herself in the dramatic experience of a girl in her late adolescence, victim of a gang rape.

The president of the jury, Antonio Orejudo, underlined during a press conference the courage of the winner for having “constructed a novel with an extremely delicate subject, because in these cases there is a risk of transforming the narration of the episode into a pamphlet of the good guys and the bad guys and the reader comes to identify with the good guys and the narrator encourages that inclination.

But the novel, he adds, “flees away from this facile narration of a complex episode and uses literature to put itself in the shoes of everyone involved”.

For Sara Mesa, member of the jury, it is “a novel of great psychological depth, precise, excellently constructed, which intelligently dissects the ins and outs of patriarchal thought, which she dares to look head-on in all its complexity . “

The jury also Eva Cosculluela considers that “it is impossible to finish the novel without feeling indignation and rage”, and underlines that they were seduced by the tone used by the writer, who avoids any imposture or cliche to tell a situation and feelings that are difficult to count.

For her part, the author confessed that, when she reads, what interests her most in novels is “the introspection and psychology of the characters, reflected in hidden emotions and feelings that we sometimes hide because we consider them sordid and inappropriate, but they are, in fact, universal.

With the award-winning novel, his intention was “to expose the characters to an extreme situation, and to analyze how the protagonist copes, one by one, with the unintended consequences of a sexual assault, as well as the reactions of the people of their environment, which give the trauma different levels of severity.

For the narrative structure, Araújo chooses to offer the reader different points of view, with the aim, he says, of “reflecting the complexity of the dilemmas and the weak points that affect all human beings”.

The origin of “Look at this girl”, according to the author, lies in the readings of various news in the press and in some series that she saw that also touched on the subject, and for the psychological and polyhedral approach, c It was fundamental, reveals Araújo , the novel “My sister, my love”, by Joyce Carol Oates, which was based on a real fact, the murder of a young candidate for beauty.

In addition to her lifelong interest in adolescence, the author had to document herself to describe the scene in the hospital when the young girl arrives after the rape to know the protocol that is followed in these cases, she read the trial transcripts, and completed this process by talking to a lawyer and a psychologist.

There are parts written in the second person, in particular to tell the intimacy of the protagonist, and the rest are told in the third person, to offer the point of view of the classmates, the mother or the rapists.

A graduate in English Philology from Complutense University, Cristina Araújo (Madrid, 1980) worked in a dubbing studio revising translations of documentaries for Historia, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, BBC and Telemadrid.

Araújo Gámir, who has been writing since a young age, has won several awards for stories published in literary magazines like Archiletras.

Cristina Araújo has lived in Frankfurt (Germany) since 2011, where she resumed the habit of writing.

The editor of Tusquets, Juan Cerezo, assures that this novel “supports the true intention of the prize to discover new voices and this year again we can say that an author was born”.

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