After a lot of years of involuntary absence, Julio – who lives and works in Barcelona as a TV Show Producer- goes back to Rusdilde, his hometown, due to the death of Miguel, his best friend, who was paraplegic after a bike accident when he was fifteen years old.
Hours after taking the airplane back to Barcelona, Teresa, Miguel’s mother, gives him, as a legacy, a small package, making one of his son’s two last wishes come true. After leaving Teresa, Julio goes towards the cemetery to say his last goodbyes to his friend. The presence of an unknown, a really upset, lady before his tombstone, doesn’t only dismantle his immediate intentions, but also takes him to question his real identity greatly. Once they leave the cemetery, the woman and Julio meet in a bus that will take them – after a few hours walk- to the airport. Julio decides to open Miguel’s gift. And this gift will be the passport that will allow him to take an emotional trip to Miguel’s world, of his family, of Los Centauros -the band they both shared-, of his neighbors, of the objects and of the places that built the atrezzo of his livings.
With the conducting narrative voice -acting as an existential compass- and Miguel’s sensitive look, ironic and imaginative -mixing reality and fiction-, he makes us accomplice to the search of his family, friends and neighbors, human beings with their lights and shadows, with bigger or smaller fortunes, a refuge to their realities, a trench against their routines, therefore X-raying the enthusiastic and exciting impulse that allows them to dream with a comforting opening for their wishes and necessities.
Miguel is able to us reflect, smiling with tears in our eyes, on what’s extraordinary in the daily existence of regular people, leading us to their hopes and anxieties, as if those characters were travelling in search of a better ventilated place. He talks about the rays of light that shine the life of a marriage of deaf-mute people, of a Philosophy professor who discovers a fountain of knowledge that’s not too “conventional”, of a lighthouse that dares to defy the laws of nature, a nurse who tries to “live” a cinematic romance or a proud man’s conscience, which -trying to repay him- ends up resigning completely. And, finally, since Miguel doesn’t leave loose ends, he’ll try to have Julio find a reason to go back to Rusdilde.
Varela Vázquez, Francisco Javier
Francisco Javier Varela Vázquez was born in 1965 in A Coruña. He lived his entire academic years at the Hermanos Maristas School. He graduated in English by the University of Santiago de Compostela. It’s been 24 years since he started working as a High School teacher at a school in his town, where he teaches English, French, Spanish, and Classical Culture. He participated in different local literary prizes for Short Stories and Poetry, getting the first prize in six occasions. El guardian de las emociones is her first novel.