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Death of a writer, journalist and lawyer Alfonso Martinez-Mena (24/02/2010)

Alfonso Martinez-Mena Rodriguez has left us on February 24, 2010, at age 81, but his writing and his memory will remain forever.

Died Alfonso Martínez-Mena Rodriguez, alhameño high on the national art scene.

This is one of the authors whose work has had Murcia greater significance with numerous literary prizes, awards and publications.

Martínez-Mena is still veiled in Madrid, but their remains will be transported to his hometown, Alhama de Murcia, where he will be buried.

The body of renowned storyteller come to the parish church of San Lazaro, tomorrow, February 25, at 12.30 pm where the funeral will officiate.

It will then be transferred to the Cemetery of Our Lady of Carmen, de Alhama, which will be buried.

The councilman of Culture, Juan Romero Canovas, made public this morning condolences to the family and showed his great sorrow at the death of alhameño.

Romero has shown great appreciation for it was his friend and stressed the "great loss" to the death of the writer supposed to Alhama.

It also regretted that both are absent at the meeting of the jury and the delivery of prizes will be the Short Story Competition X Alfonso Martínez - Mena, whose results will be announced next month.

A prestigious literary award in his honor

Alfonso Martínez-Mena, very rooted in his homeland, started with the Department of Culture of the City of Alhama in 2000, the Literary Short Story Contest "Alfonso Martínez-Mena, international competition, which emerged with to promote the short story genre in which this writer stands.

This event takes place on an annual basis and include the large number of people who competed.

Whether amateurs or professional writers, participants give free rein to their imagination and fantasy by addressing the most colorful and the only requirement not exceed eight pages long and that the accounts are unpublished.

In 2008 it obtained the highest participation so far, making a total of one thousand participants from all points of the map.

Tribute to the town of Alhama

In 2006 the town of Alhama de Murcia paid tribute to this writer, placing in his home a plaque honoring the 44 years of "The Mirror of Narcissus" story in which the author recalls his childhood in the town of Alhama also opened a street in the town that bears his name.

A long career

Martínez-Mena Rodriguez was born in Alhama de Murcia in 1931.

His professional resume is extensive, he began studying law in Murcia and Salamanca, and later held a doctorate in Madrid, where he spent his student days, during these years he studied journalism and then worked in the Ministry of Culture in Madrid.

He was director of a radio program devoted to the letters on Radio Popular de Madrid, and also worked in the newspaper "People" and "ABC" as well as in the magazines "S. Journal

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In his long career Alfonso Martinez-Mena has become one of the most famous writers of literature in regional and national level.

Throughout his life he has received numerous awards, more than fifty, that support the work of this writer, giving an outstanding prestige and reputation among other writers of the time.

In his role as a novelist was awarded the "Child of", "City of Barbastro", "Ciudad de Murcia" and "Antonio Machado" among others.

As a writer of short stories was awarded the "Sesame", 1965, "Gabriel Miró," 1967 "Spanish Family" 1968, "Caja de Ahorros de León, 1968;" Golden Piggy Bank, "1969;" Benidorm " 1972; or "Francisco García Pavón" in 1975, and most recently in 2008 with the award Clarín.

Such is the recognition that even this writer has been called to preside over contests of stories, such as the National Short Story Competition XXV "NA" in 2005.

It is in the short story where Martinez-Mena displays all your imagination, becoming unique among contemporary Spanish writers.

Are their language, a mixture of popular and cult, and its particular way to reflect the day to day what makes it so unique to this writer.

The wood of the poet is reflected in his style even though their works are not actual lyrics.

His stories are generally optimistic, however, as you said Ramon Jimenez, "avoids the social and critical" in his works, so we have a writer full of fantasy and joy.

The internal structure of their stories can differ, defined body works, presentation, middle and end, or in a more hermetic, without a specific plot knot.

His publications have been translated into several languages.

Among his stories include:

"The Mirror of Narcissus", published in 1962 is a novel aimed mainly at young audiences.

This story was awarded the Second Prize Award Doncel.

Also aimed at the youth held in 1982 "No Man's Land."

In "Noah's Ark" 1976, comes to a young audience by mixing realism and fantasy with a common message, love.

"Antifiguraciones" 1977, is a collection of short stories, most of them winners, in which Martinez-Mena establishing fictitious dialogues or memories of their childhood.

At this point the premium placed on "social criticism", but the writer alhameño beyond their stories, creating a unique style.

In "Man with a bull in" 1984, addresses the topics of the bullfighting world.

Another story that includes several award-winning stories in contests is "Incidentario" published in 1986, here you can see the author's unique style and its rich vocabulary, another of his hallmarks.

In "disenchantment", one of his last works, brings together several stories divided into five blocks, whose common link is a verse of "Gilgamesh."

Other publications include: "The Stranger", 1967 "Otrosí" 1988, "Tales" 1991; "Daguerreotype," 1993, "The Stork Robustiano", 1993, or "Tales Citizens and Other Stories", 1994.

As for the novel include:

"I know your life, John", 1969, narrative that delves into the world of surrealism, and taking their first steps into the realm of short story.

In the seventies, Martinez-Mena wrote three novels, include "The Vermin", 1971, which tells the tragic story of a rural village, "Introit for Hope" and "Cymbal resounding" both published in 1982.

His stories have appeared in numerous national and international anthologies.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Alhama de Murcia

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