Carla Gracia: "A long project is like holding up a mirror to yourself"
We interview the writer and professor at UIC Barcelona and the Laboratori de Lletres writing school, on the occasion of the publication of his new book El abismo: Everyone has a reason to fall.
“When you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you,” said Nietzsche. In El Abismo: Todos tenemos un motivo para caer (The Abyss: We All Have a Reason to Fall), Carla Gracia, the writer and professor at UIC Barcelona and the Laboratori de Lletres writing school, echoes his words.
The synopsis of the novel is enormously evocative. Octavi Fontseca pretty much lives his life immersed in a glass of whisky. Having once been a successful writer, he has now reached the very lowest point of his existence. With no spirit or guiding principles, no inspiration or emotional references, he accepts a bribe from his publisher, an opportunist who, taking advantage of his fragile state, pressurises him to put his name to the manuscript of a ghost writer. This sparks off a whole string of misfortunes that little by little push him to the abyss.
Following the success of her historical novel Siete Días de Gracia (Seven Days of Grace), Carla Gracia has constructed in The Abyss a psychological backdrop that makes a social critique of personality, appearances, manipulation and fraud.
You can read the full interview at addingstories.com.