‘The fire of the bird-of-paradise’, a novel galician that runs in Cuba … – Journal of the Marine


The tree of fire will be witness of the fortune and the mingling of their characters.

  • Viruca Yebra presented ‘the fire of The bird-of-paradise’, his first novel, in the House of Galicia in Madrid

The journalist lugo (Sarria) Viruca Yebra presented on Wednesday 24 at the House of Galicia in Madrid his first novel, ‘the fire of The bird-of-paradise’, about the immigration from galicia to Cuba, in which the tree of fire will be witness of the fortune and the mingling of their characters. The editorial, Almuzara, highlights of the work that “evokes masterfully, through a fascinating family saga, the contrast between the lives of the Galicia deep and prosperous emigration to the sensual Cuba of the first half of the TWENTIETH century”.

In filing to intervene, besides the author, the journalist and writer Alfonso S. Palomares, the writer Almudena de Arteaga and the delegate of the Xunta in Madrid and director of the House, José Ramón Ónega. Among those attending the ceremony were the president of the Fundación Eduardo Barreiros, Mariluz Barreiros; the former senator María Jesús Sáinz and numerous members of the Club of Journalists of Galicia in Madrid, headed by its current president, Pilar Falcón; Club Yebra was founder and first president. At present the author presides over the International Club of Marbella.

Ónega explained that the novel Viruca Yebra is set in the era of the dictatorship of general Primo de Rivera and later, on which the circumstances require to a handful of characters to leave Spain with destination to Cuba. “That puts us in the atmosphere galaica and cuban types and scenarios, which some would define as the blues, others, like evocation, and, all, as a living portrait, by human, of the characters that haunts the memory, love and emigration as a social phenomenon”, appreciated. “The fire of the bird-of-paradise’ leads us to paradise, passing through the portico of longing and sacrifice that was, and remains, the emigration”, he maintained. She further reported that, “the work contains much of the conversations of the author with his countrymen gallegos and cuban nationals” with this purpose.

Palomares said that “it is hinged around the events that marked the political life, social and human sciences of Spain, of a form determinant, and also that of Cuba. From the vespers of the Republic, still in the years of the republic and the Civil War, until very late in the franco regime”. “The author meets the recommendation of Hemingway: the things that happen in the rain there is that counted under the rain. The geographical settings are the villa gallega de Oribio and its environment, where the reader will discover the village of Sarria, Havana and Trinidad in Cuba and Madrid. We can say that it is a novel coral full of multiple families and multiple characters, there is love won and lost, burning, sex hot and insane tragedies”. “Viruca handles with mastery the overlap of characters and families. It is an insightful portrait of some of the classes and of a time”, he added.

Arteaga, from the friendship of many years with the author, was pleased that they decided to enter into the literature and explained that the novel “is the fast-paced story of a family saga of galicia, from their most intimate secrets and emotional”. “The author from the first page plunges the reader fully into a world of slaughtered emigrants heading to Cuba. Men full of dreams to fulfill in the years prior to the II Republic. Passions, secrets and stories they dance in perfect harmony in this novel Viruca Yebra,” he said.

For its part, Viruca Yebra started by talking about his stage work in the Xunta of Galicia, where, among other things, was head of press of Fernando Fernández Albor, and of their memories in the small office of the Government in the calle Serrano, in Madrid. Yebra, in the answers given in the open discussion that engaged the presenters, spoke of the feelings of girls in his novel, of the situation of Galicia in the II Republic, of the life in the village and, above all, of Cuba in the forties and fifties.

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