Monday, June 27

“The stories of Tío Ramicas”, stories and ethnography of San Miguel de Salinas hand in hand in a new book by Tomás Vte. Martinez


Image by Tomás Vte.  Martínez with a copy of the "The tales of Tio Ramicas" and one of the labor houses in which the stories are inspired, in the background

Image by Tomás Vte. Martínez with a copy of “The stories of Tio Ramicas” and one of the workhouses in which the stories are inspired, in the background

The Thursday 9 September, at 20:00 hours, will be presented on the ground floor of the city hall of San Miguel de Salinas The Tales of Uncle Ramicas, by local author Tomás Vte. Martinez. The four stories that make up the book take place around a municipal rural house on the fictional La Candelaria farm. Uncle Ramicas and Aunt Esperanza they are the landlords of that old farmhouse converted into lodging. A city family spends their summer vacations in La Candelaria and the relationship soon becomes closer. Visitors learn interesting anecdotes, customs and trades from the area that are almost forgotten by the landlords.

“The stories are dotted with traditional chores, trades that have disappeared, words in disuse, of a popular cultural heritage that only remains in the memory of the elderly”, according to the mayor Nerea Gracia

It is a book edited at the initiative of the Councilor for Culture and Science, Nerea Grace. “As soon as I read the manuscript, I saw the opportunity to make available to the public, not only literary entertainment by a local author, but also cultural elements from the recent past,” said the councilor. «The stories are peppered with traditional chores, trades that have disappeared, words in disuse, of a popular cultural heritage that only remains in the memory of older people and that is unknown to younger generations. It seemed like an opportunity to rescue all that, “says the councilor.

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The cover has been made by the San Miguel cartoonist Paco Sáez, a member of the Film Academy and awarded in 2020 with the Goya for the best animated short. The spectacular interior illustrations are the work of the plastic artist Begoña Movellán.

According to Tomás Vte. Martínez «the genesis of this book is in the conversations with my parents and other elderly people when my interest in local ethnography was awakened. In my parents, Tomás and Carmen, the characters of the Uncle Ramicas and Tía Esperanza ». For the author, read The Tales of Uncle Ramicas it can be a good way to reconnect with the roots of the people.

The cover has been made by the San Miguel cartoonist Paco Sáez, member of the Film Academy and awarded in 2020 with the Goya for the best animated short: Madrid 2120. The interior illustrations are the work of the plastic artist Begoña Movellán. The conversion of the manuscript into a book has been carried out by the Murcian publisher Pluma Verde.

In a commitment to integration, The Tales of Uncle Ramicas They have been translated into English to bring local popular culture closer to foreign residents living in the municipality. The translation is included in the same volume and has been carried out by students of the academy The O’Brien Languague School. San Miguel has a very important British community that resides in the urbanizations but more involved in the daily life of the municipality, in contrast to what happens in other tourist municipalities in the Vega Baja.

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The distribution of the book will be free both on the day of presentation and at later dates in the public library where the author will sign copies that can be purchased for free. 500 copies have been published. “My most sincere gratitude to Juan de Dios, the mayor, and Nerea Gracia for having welcomed this project with such commitment and consideration,” adds the author.

Tomás Vte. Martínez has published the novels: The place (2007), This will be my flag (Red Circle, 2013), safe (Malbec editions, 2017), Water rustlers (Editorial Pluma Verde, 2019), Wood and lead (Editorial Pluma Verde, 2020). The short story books: Abonico (Editorial Pluma Verde, 2018), 15 holes (Malbec editions, 2018). And the poetry books: Melanchoria (Costa Literaria editions, 2011), Envido (Editorial Pluma Verde, 2018).

In recent months, his short videos on the YouTube channel have become very popular in San Miguel de Salinas and Vega Baja. “Las Miajicas del Tomás”, in which he explains with testimonies of the elders, simplicity and humor some of the unique characteristics of the history, way of life and ethnography of San Miguel de Salinas.


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