Publicador de contenidos

Back to noticia_FYL_28_03_2022_libro_volver

Professors Concha Martínez Pasamar, from the School of Philosophy y Letras, and Pablo Echart, from the School of Communication, publish the book "Volver".

It is a work with illustrations and texts that gathers images and memories with which readers can identify themselves.

FotoManuelCastells/Concha Martínez Pasamar and Pablo Echart

28 | 03 | 2022

Concha Martínez Pasamar, professor of the School of Philosophy and Letters and professional illustrator, and Pablo Echart, professor of the School of Communication, have published "Volver". Published by Triqueta Verde in Spanish, Galician and Basque, it is a collection of illustrations and texts that aims to evoke images, memories and celebrations with which anyone, at some point in their lives, can feel identified. In the following interview, they share the keys to the work:

Q. How did the idea of writing this book come up?

Pablo Echart. More than once I have thought about the contrast between children, who always project themselves into the future, and adults, who tend to look to the past. While thinking about this idea, it occurred to me to "rescue" some dear, though simple, images that I keep in my report. As I was writing it, I realized that it could be a nice gift for my family and friends. 

Q. Who is the target audience?

P.E. It is an album for readers of all ages. Concha and I believe that the text and illustrations can stimulate the report staff of each reader. That is why we think it would be ideal for parents and children to enjoy it together. Perhaps it is an opportunity to share with the little ones experiences that are important to us. 

Q. Why did you choose Professor Pasamar as your illustrator?

P.E. Actually, I was lucky that Concha chose me. The partnership came very naturally. As a result of another of Concha's albums, "Cuando mamá llevaba trenzas", I gave her the text of "Volver", which I had kept for years. She liked it and we decided to embark on project. And I was happy, of course, because she has an impressive taste in illustration. 

Q. What was your inspiration for the illustrations?

Concha M. Pasamar. In memories and images of my own life, interwoven with those of Pablo, who passed on to me some photographs of his childhood. In fact, there was much generational and vitally shared, and in those pages that present a more open text I have been able to recreate scenes that also had a special resonance for me. 

Q. Could you tell us briefly about the technique you used to make the drawings?

C.M.P . I used a flat brush stencil with India ink and digital color. The ink has been applied creating a certain hazy effect, like the images of our memories. The lack of definition makes it easier, I believe, for any reader to identify with what is represented.

Q. Why would you encourage teachers and other employees to purchase this book?

P.E. The book has beautiful illustrations and, as I said, has something of an invitation to remember and share moments that, in their everydayness and minor tone, are treasures for each one of us.

C.M.P. In a society as visual as ours, an album for all audiences can be a gateway to begin to read in another way this genre that tends to be identified with childhood. "Volver" is a book that anyone can enjoy in successive readings, attending to the sense generated by the combination of text and illustration, and to the personal images that this combination awakens in each one of us.

Q. Are there any ideas you would like to highlight?

P.E. A bit in the style of Harvey Keitel in "Smoke", I would recommend readers to leaf through the album at a leisurely pace, not to be in a hurry to turn the page, to let the illustrations and sentences "speak" to them. I think the album needs this pace to get into it.

C.M.P. I believe that "Volver" is an album for any audience, sensitive and contained at the same time, and that it can be read in three of our languages.