The Carpenter’s Pencil

manuel rivas

The Carpenter´s Pencil or O lapis do Carpinteiro,in Galician; is a book written by Manuel Rivas (born in A Coruña on 24th October 1957 during the fascist regime of dictator Francisco Franco). He is a Galician writer, essayist, poet and journalist. He is one of the most famous writers of contemporary Galician literature. The Carpenter’s Pencil quickly became the most wide-translated work in the history of Galicia literature. Most of the his books are a symbol of Galician identity and Galician cultural heritage.

In 2002, the film director Antón Reixa made a film based on his novel. The film has the same title as the novel based on.

Maunuel Rivas
Author – Maunuel Rivas

This short novel narrates a love story between Daniel da Barca (a Galician republican activist and renowned doctor) and Marisa Mallo (daughter of a right-wing family) during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939).

Da Barca’s movements were tracked by a soldier named Herbal. Herbal is the guard of Santiago de Compostela prison, where Da Barca is later arrested. The novel narrates da Barca´s experience while he was in prison: his relationships with other prisoners, with who he shared same ideals; the desire of Marisa to release him from prison, the jealousy and hate of Herbal.

The Herbal´s character is changing since he killed a republican artist who was a good friend of Daniel. This artist had been expended his time painting Santiago´s Cathedral with a carpenter’s pencil; belong to the book´s title. Herbal keeps the pencil, and places it behind his ear. The pencil as a part of the artist, it becomes the conscience of Herbal. The pencil is the tool that the painter uses to communicate with Herbal and to have influence in his decisions, saving in many times Da Barca´s life.

Da Barca is the story teller, sharing his memories of his youth with a prostitute at the whorehouse where he is working as a handyman.

Rivas creates two opposite characters. Daniel ,a self-committed person, faithful to his principles well educated and hero of the Republican resistance and Herbal a hostile person, disappointed with his life. He is tormented by his past and unrequited love affair with Marisa.

Trailer (Spanish version)

Intangible cultural heritage

  • My name is Ana del Valle Duque. I am from A Coruña, a nice city located in the North-West of Spain. I am 26 years old and studied Tourism in A Coruña. In 2009 I was doing an internship as a Tourguide for school children and tourist in The Tower of Hercules (is the only fully preserved Roman lighthouse that is still in used) and since that year has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For 4 years I lived in Berlin where I finish my studies and I was working in several jobs, as in a Startup working for a app for public transportation around the world and learning German and in an International Tourist Office Turespaña in Berlin planning and organisazing travels for German and Spanish tourist . At the moment I am doing a course of Ecological Tourism. Next year I would like to study a master in Cottbus called “World Heritage Studies”. Every time I can, I like travelling to different countries to discover new cultures and being in contact with local people. I think that is the best way to know a new place. My last trip was on August, I travelled with 3 friends with a van to the Balkans for 15 days. We were visiting many countries and it was a very nice experience. On my free time, I have fun hiking, climbing and surfing. Another hobbies that I have are ceramic and sewing. I enjoy helping another people. In 2007, I was doing a volunter in an International Project Workcamp in Czech Republic for a project in Křivoklátsko in a protected natural area in Czech Republic . One year later, I jointed another Workcamp in Iceland, the project was about renovation and conservation of an Icelandic Art Museum in Ísafjörður . I was also doing a volunteering in an Organisation called Ainde A Coruña that is organizing activities for disabled people. I think that the conservation of the Heritage of our forbears is very important, not only for all the cultures, but also for the current and future societies. This heritage shows us the evolution and the cultural steps that the humanity has improved along the history to become what we are nowadays. It is essential to know and preserve our past art and culture to be able to understand the present and future. For this reason, I consider fascinating to have the opportunity to participate in The GoUNESCO Internship Program.

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