Albert Lladó, La travesía de las anguilas [The eels’ crossing], 2020, 128 p.
Every city has got its forgotten neighborhoods. Also the Barcelona of the Summer Olympics , when it transformed itself due to the impulse of the Games, ignored some of its own. La travesía de las anguilas portrays the coming to life of a group of adolescents at the beginning of the 1990s, in one of these no-places born during the last years of the Franco regime, the outcome of the lack of scruples of the real-estate speculators and of the authorities’ indifference. These were neighborhoods without essential services and without law, where for an adolescent the understanding of the world was formed on the basis of evictions, police raids, low-flying delinquents, abused women and men who destroyed themselves at the bars. But also there adolescents were able to construct a universe with meaning, with its own rules and its own language, to form indestructible friendships, to start reading at the single stationer’s and to elaborate an epic of resistance that would never abandon them.
Albert Lladó considers in this book how we can narrate and interpret the margins without resigning to marginality. And he manages to make visible the humanity that struggles to survive in the unknown, rough and not photogenic reality of these neighborhoods that more than periphery are gutter.
There is an older post on an essay on journalism today by Albert Lladó.
SOURCE: Galaxia Gutenberg (publisher)