STEFFAN ROS: SURVIVING THE CATASTROPHE
A mother and her child. Northern Wales. There's been a nuclear catastrophe.
Thousands of stories could be written based on this simple premise. But the one written by Manon Steffan Ros, actress and daughter of the legendary musician Steve Eaves is, among other things, the Book of the Year in the Welsh. It is entitled The Blue Book of Nebo and has just been published by Periscopio in Catalan, and by Seix Barral in Spanish, a venture which will allow us to discover the delicacy of a narrative in which nature and ecology are as important as literary sensitivity. And in a conversation with journalist and writer Selena Soro, whose childhood has some parallels with Steffan Ros’s novel, you will also be able to explore questions about family secrets and ties, about the Welsh author’s previous award-winning career in children’s and young adult literature, and about the choice of post-apocalyptic scenarios for a narrative in which form is as important as content. In short, this is a real find, that will surprise those who best know how to read between the lines.
Manon Steffan Ros is a writer and former actress. Descended from a family of artists, she has managed to convey in her novel The Blue Book of Nebo the nuances of a maternal-child relationship in an extreme situation where what is important always comes back to the fore.
Selena Soro is a journalist who worked for six years at the newspaper Ara before turning her attention to writing and winning the Carlemany prize for Misteris de la boira. She lived in a remote area in the mountains with no television until the age of 15.