The art of writing takes us to feel things in ways that not everybody can. A blank page could just be another thing to scratch and doodle for someone, but for a writer, it’s the thing we have to face to let out our feelings, thoughts, and expressions. It comes as an escape; it comes naturally, just as breathing. Writing doesn’t abandon us; it’s there waiting for us to be brave and tell one more story, even if we try to deny ourselves the wonderful things that can come out just by sitting there with our thoughts.
For Luis Manuel Pimentel, the art of writing came to him through his first teenage love. The influences of the poems from Mario Benedetti and Pablo Neruda, mixed with the sounds of Silvio Rodríguez, led him to become a young man not only in love with her friend but also with the arts, even if he didn’t know at the time. The first poem he wrote was the beginning of everything, the braveness he had to express his feelings made him write more and more. Although Luis’ heart got broken, from the bad we can always find good, and one of the poems he wrote ended up in his first published book.
And so, Pimentel’s life began to be surrounded with words, literature, and art; following his passion for them, the Guaro went ahead to study literature at the Universidad de Los Andes (ULA), where he experienced life in a whole new way. The chartings of Mérida caught him up so much he wrote Triángulos Alterados, a novel that takes place in such city that helped him free himself from social tabus and to put on the table the criticisms of a society filled with values and prejudices.
“I like to observe what happens in the city, I feel attracted by the complexity of human relationships, sometimes mocking those situations and other times affirming that the transit of man seems to be subject to a society in crisis, where the utopia of the characters pass a distant plane, where the tendency seems to be the today and what leaves me the particles of existence. Just as existence itself acquires the dimensions in their own ink, also my writings vary depending on the state and the intention with which I want to build it. But, if we are going, I feel that so far what I carry in my literary work is like a big puzzle that would fit the concept of a chronicle, seen not only from a temporal continuity but as a force that attracts me to represent what I subtract from reality. And then, when I write, fiction also appears, and I try to get from those two poles a so-called of attention of the common man and what his transit implies, in a context that all we can easily recognize, even if it sometimes seems distant and impossible.”
– Luis Manuel’s views on where to find inspiration
Writing can be a magical moment with the right combinations. Luis Manuel takes the soft and charming sounds of jazz to start writing; when he needs movement, he goes to James Brown; and the nostalgia takes over when he remembers his mother singing to Billos Caracas Boys’ songs.
His hometown, Barquisimeto, has been his main character of many poems and stories, including a poetry book of Cabudare, called Espejismos de Cabudare. It was in this city where he had the chance to grow in a family and educational experiences. Luis Manuel also takes the stories of the people that live here as a way to write; on its way, there’s a chronicles book about the prisoners’ families of what used to the Uribana prison, where he exposes the emotional and legal complexity of the subject. Perhaps, there could later come a novel that takes place in the Twilights City under his name.
The names of Salvador Garmendia, Rafael Cadenas, Álvaro Montero and many others echoed the references if Luis Manuel’s literature life, and shaped him to be the writer he is now. That’s why we’re here, to remind how an idea can lead to great things, and the way a poem, a song, or a book can take you to some of the best moments of your life.
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