Maria Larrea, novelist: “During the Franco era, there was an idea that a child is like a kilogram of potatoes.”

The chances of men and women abandoned by their mothers meeting, marrying and adopting a girl child who is also rejected at birth is minimal. But that’s how Maria Larrea’s family came to be, growing up in France unaware that she was adopted and that the story her parents, Julian and Victoria, kept secret would give her the opportunity to write a novel. Its title is Bilbao people are born wherever they want And it has just been published in Spain by Alianza Publishing, translated from French by Alicia Martorell. Since it was published last year in his home country, the piece has become a minor editorial phenomenon, pointing the finger at the illegal adoption of children at the end of the Franco regime, the classism of French society, the fallibility of work. The driving force of social progress and the need for people to know their origins.

Julian’s mother was a prostitute from the Bilbao neighborhood of La Palanca, who left her son in a religious boarding house. Victoria’s daughter, who was unusually fertile, lived in Galicia and left him in a monastery. On December 31, 1963, Victoria went to Ferol to celebrate the New Year with her friend Rosalia, and in the same bar she ran into an incredibly handsome Basque man, whom she fell in love with at first sight. They moved to Paris at the request of other friends who had left earlier, claiming that there was work. Maria was born in Bilbao in 1979, where the couple vacationed every year, was illegally adopted and never told. In the eyes of the girl, the family was happy despite gender violence, father’s alcoholism and economic hardship. But as an adult, a tarot card reading prompts him to search for his origins as he suspects a lie and discovers tremendous events.

Source: El Diario





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