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Sergio del Molino: “The country is like the family, a story that comforts us” | Culture

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The writer closes the second season of the Culture and Culture Reading Club with his latest book ‘The Germans’

Culture and ” reading club with Sergio del Molino.
Andrea Nogueira Calvar

It’s been more than 15 years since the novel Germans, by Sergio del Molino, began to take shape. Some files put the writer on the trail of “the Germans of Cameroon”, a historical curiosity about which he has developed a fiction that invites us to reflect on identity, homeland and family. The book, Alfaguara 2024 prize, has been the last proposal of the second season of the Culture and Literature Reading Club. The writer spoke a few days ago with a group of EL PAÍS subscribers, as part of the newspaper’s program of exclusive activities for subscribers.

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“The homeland is a story, like the family, it is something we tell ourselves to comfort us or give us a sense of community,” explains Del Molino during their conversation. Germans reconstructs one of those narratives, that of the descendants of some of the Germans who in 1916, living in Cameroon, surrendered to Spain and ended up settling in Zaragoza.

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Andrea Nogueira Calvar

Editor at EL PAÍS since 2015. She writes about corporate, cultural and social issues. She has worked for Faro de Vigo and the publishing house Lonely Planet, among others. She has a degree in Hispanic Philology and a master’s degree in Journalism from the UAM-EL PAÍS School of Journalism.

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