2019 Primavera Prize Winner
Candela is a woman in her forties with a normal life, a penchant for solitude, a gift for observation, and an acid sense of humor. Her days pass without many surprises while she works in the bar she run with her grandmother and her one-eyed mother.
A neighborhood bar where, thanks to the customers, everything under the sun happens. Candela lights up every shadow, even the ones that come back from a past she thought she had forgotten.
With stunning veracity and an at times disturbing sense of humor, Juan del Val has created a portrait of a unique woman.
From time to time, everything starts again.
The jury highlighted its tragicomic touches, its humor, its novel narrative voice, and the frieze of lifelike characters full of longings and regrets in this urban chronicle.