Snippet: Matías Candeira’s “Fever”

Matías Candeira, Fiebre [Fever], 2015, 352 p.

Publisher’s summary:

It’s winter. Tobias Wesser is delirious in a hospital in the early morning hours, but he is not a man whom nobody will mourn. In a few hours he will be dead. His son, whom everybody calls Cannibal, watches the show together with two flies, the only ones that decided to keep him company. After the death, with hardly any traces to guide him, Cannibal will feel forced to reconstruct certain recollections of his father that have been hidden far inside his memory. He will have to investigate the figure of this sinister man with whom he hardly dealt when he was alive. Cannibal knows it: one doesn’t kill the father, one descends inside him. Soon his will be revealed as a moral and physical disease that has persecuted him during his whole life; and his secrets will herald a twisted destiny better to be avoided.

On the surface Fiebre is a meditation on loss, the difficulty of the assimilation of and reconciliation with pain and death and the redeeming power of memory and literature. In its internal areas it is also a mutating -crime, ruthless, fantasy- novel on otherness, family curses and the possibilty of rewriting our lives to grab others.

MATÍAS CANDEIRA (Madrid, 1984) is a writer and screenwriter. At present he works as a teacher at the Escuela de Escritores [Writers’ school] in Madrid where he teaches creative writing.

He is the author of La soledad de los ventrílocuos (Tropo Editores, 2009) [The ventrilogists’ solitude], Antes de las jirafas (Páginas de Espuma, 2010) [Before the giraffes], Todo irá bien (Salto de Página, 2013) [Everything will be fine], and La segunda vida (Aristas Martínez, 2014) [The second life], together with the illustrator Javier Jubera. Some of his creative work has gone into advertising, short films and videogames.

He has received numerous literary prizes for his short stories, and his texts have appeared in magazines such as Quimera or El Estado Mental, and in anthologies of Spain and Latin America, the most recent being: Última tempora­da: nuevos narradores españoles (Lengua de Trapo, 2013) [Latest season: new Spanish narrators].

In recognition of his literary work he has obtained different fellowships for the writing of his works. In 2010 that of the Fundación Antonio Gala para Jóvenes Creadores [Antonio Gala foundation for young writers] (Córdoba), and in 2013 that of the Fundación Han Nefkens [Han Nefkens foundation] (Barcelona), one of the most prestigious for young Spanish speaking authors.

 

SOURCE: Candaya (publisher); profile @ Escuela de Escritores

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