“I feel like a Formula 1 racer“, reply Fernando Ampuero. And he refers to his 73 years and the inexorable time that advances relentlessly. Against time, or on that overwhelming march, he has written a moving and reflective book: ‘Run Run: the sad and excessive life of a captive fox‘. It is her debut in children’s literature.
This is the writer’s first approach to children. The older ones already know the extensive and well-nourished list of his publications: ‘Stop the world that here I get off‘, ‘Locked cat‘, ‘the cute bitch‘, ‘the witch of lime‘, ‘six chapters missing‘ and more.
The publication of ‘Run Run‘ has been an excuse to ask the veteran novelist about his earrings, his view of our country or about the job of being a journalist. It is a short interview, but full of lucidity thanks to the insight of the scribe. Let us begin.
Teacher, writing ‘Run Run’, a children’s book, was that an earring?
No, I never thought about it, but I decided to do it when the news about Run Run came out, whose story moved me, like so many in Peru. And from the first moment I knew that the best reading public would be children. Children know how to take advantage of stories that move them.
What challenges does a writer face when writing for children?
You have to prevent the child from getting bored, and the way to achieve this is to keep them on edge: intrigue them, scare them, dazzle them, make them laugh, and, above all, motivate them; from thought to action there is a step.
Does the story of the Run Run fox have any symbolism with our Peruvian society?
Of course. We live in a country where you are exposed to being scammed or attacked. Even the most foxy of Peruvians must take care of themselves.
Do you have hope in young Peruvians?
Hope is not enough to get ahead. I value personal effort more.
By the way, how does Peru feel?
It depends on which Peru you are talking about. The Peru of the poor and of a large sector of the middle class is a trap with no expiration date. For now people live behind the back of the government, but that is not a solution. You have to take to the streets and protest, shout out for your citizen rights.
You are also a journalist, do you think that the job is going through its most difficult moment?
Journalism, as I knew it, is going through its worst moment. fake news, negligence, irresponsibility. Due to social networks, now everyone feels like a journalist; we are like in Swapthat tango that says: “Anyone is a lord, anyone is a thief”.
FORMULA 1 RUNNER
In July you turned 73 years old, do you feel that time moves faster?
Well, at this point I feel like a Formula 1 racer. Life goes by so fast and often takes me towards the most dangerous curves.
What pending do you have as a writer?
I do not know. I am that type of writer who discovers pending when he sits down to write; It must be because I like improvisation in jazz.
Master, have you lived the life you wanted to live?
I think so. To the point that I don’t even regret my mistakes; if she could he would commit them again, but improving them, giving them lyrical flight.
The writer will be present at the next edition of the ‘There is Festival Arequipa‘, which will take place from November 3 to 6 in the White City.
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