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Talking with Velia: only Vigia could make this book.

Tamara Caridad Mesa González 11 marzo, 2019

The edition of Conversando con Velia, manufactured in Vigía Editions, with illustrations by the artist of the plastic Diana Balboa, design by the young creator Elizabeth Valero and edition of Laura Ruiz, transcended on the occasion of the Book Fair in Matanzas as the first title by author Marilyn Bobes published by the publisher that makes artisanal books more than 30 years ago.

During the recent presentation of the volume, the author commented on the emergence of the work:

“I wanted to evoke my mother talking to her in a diaphanous way and only Watcher could make this book, small, beautiful, like all his,” said Marilyn, “I do not want tear-jerking poems, they are elegies very close to life that still I feel in my mother, always present.

“A friend, Sigfredo Ariel, invited me to publish them, he promised to make me the illustrations, but it could not be, and then I told Diana Balboa, to my surprise she just told me: give me the poems and at night she did a lot of drawings and he took them.

“I think the illustrations are made with the same pain that the poems have, she had also lost her mom recently, I thank Diana Balboa very much for the gesture.

“I want you to read Conversando con Velia and think that there is my mother. I have to clarify that Silvio Rodríguez has a song called De la ausencia y de ti, Velia, which coincides with the name of my mom, and in the poems a little is played with that because every time I listened to it I thought it was written for my mom, although he had written it for another woman he loved, but that’s what the songs have.”I feel very honored that this is the first book I publish with Vigía; I think it was this and no other that I had to publish with them.”

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