Secular Marcel Andino Vélez. The world of the book loved the participants in the meeting with the author [ZDJĘCIA] Globalism

Świecie- The city of dreams and a metaphor for a better Poland. This is how the book “Ordinary People” by Marcel Andino Vélez presents our city, which was so appreciated by the participants of the meeting in the hall of the municipal public library on the occasion of the days of writers and copyright.

On Saturday (23 April) there was a meeting of the author with Marcel Andino Vélez, a Polish and Ecuadorean, journalist, anthropologist, cultural director and, above all, author of the novel “Ordinary People”, set in Świecie. For an audience that fills wiecie’s public library hall to the brim, the author provided the motivations and inspiration he drew from in creating the fictional world of the Świecie family. A clan of activists who have been struggling for generations to separate the interests of church and state, fighting with the path developer or destroying the environment. People with left-wing views, worried about a better life for the inhabitants of Świecie, which in the novel is the city of dreams, a symbol of a better Poland. The guest was eager to answer the audience’s questions, and after a two-hour meeting, he signed promotional copies of the book for a long time, which “wholesale on the trunk.”

[Michał Biniecki- NS]: Why exactly the world. Where does this choice come from for Varsovian?

[Marcel Andino Velez]: – Issue. I was going to a family resting in Pori Tucholsky. Greetings “Świecie poviat. Your future! Awesome! I thought if there was: Świecie city, Świecie poviat, why can’t there be a modern, secular Poland? The tone of the word ‘secular’ is also enlightening, and the slogan is more than just a slogan and memorable. When the idea to write a book came up, it came back. Those ideas and this novel is built upon them.However, I use the ambiguity of the word “secular” in various ways in the book.

Aside from the fact that you introduce fictional ancestors of the Świecie family into the history of Poland, you present the historical framework with extraordinary precision. How did you prepare to write this story?

– I made time to write “Świecie”, which I had previously devoted to caring for my sick father. After the death of my father, there was a desire to write a novel. These were trips to these sites, inquiries in libraries and on the computer. It took me half a year to study the history of Świecie and Poland, and to create the world of the novel. I put in it a collective hero, a family from here, with their ancestors, histories and common goals defined through the ages. This book is an epic about the Vistula elite, the so-called good “red aristocracy”.

But apart from the historical path, there is also a second path – One Story

-yes. At the beginning of the book inform the reader that it can be read in two ways, because the narration is twofold. It’s like two books in one. You can also get acquainted with them separately. One of them is a “novel for young adults” – a thriller about the secular that takes place today. The second, “Jawaidi’s grandfather Henrika” written by the family elder, a medieval historian, one of the characters of the contemporary novel. Gawędy are historical articles that show family history against the background of Polish history. A clan of social activists, activists, and activists concerned about the presence of people living in their area. This is a miniature treaty about the history of our country.

The world presented by this family is the city of dreams… but it is also an island on the map of Poland

– Well, yes, but admit that it can be anywhere. Świecie is a slightly larger novel, with a population of over 80,000. It has its own 500-seat orchestra, University of Life Sciences, trams, modern museums, hotels, monuments, plazas and presidents Marek Tomasek. World-famous architects design new facilities. They are displayed in museums, among others. Global Painting Works. Every day, a modern railway transports people from the province to work in factories, enterprises and businesses. People hang on here because, thanks to the co-operative system, cheap housing and jobs await them. It is the city of dreams. In short, this is also my dream about Poland. Anyway, after publishing the book, I often hear that it’s not just my book.

You are 48 years old. It’s late debut. Do you have any plans to develop your writing career?

The book has been on the market for a month (since March 23rd – editor’s note). I watch how it is taken. Do people want to read it and want it to continue? I have a lot of references from readers from outside your city who are planning to come here by bike to see the real places described in “Ordinary People” and confront them with my vision. It is a pity that the rule of residence in the city is so modest, because it can come in handy during this vacation (laughs). What about intentions? From working on this book, I have plenty of material for a potential continuation. But it all depends on the readers …

Thank you for the conversation

[Foto: Iwona Grabowska]

Marcel Andino Vélez – Journalist, ethnographer, aged care specialist, and writer. Half Ecuadorean and half Arctic. She is 48 years old. The author of the epic “Świecie”, which introduced our city to Polish literature. He studied art history which he abandoned in favor of art anthropology from which he graduated. He made his debut as a journalist at a young age, at the invitation of Jacek Talko to the Przekrój band, shortly after moving the magazine from Krakow to Warsaw. In it, he wrote columns on art and architecture, which he knows well. These competencies made him Artistic Director for several years as Deputy Director of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. He is largely responsible for the construction of the new headquarters of this institution in Plac Defilad next to the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw. Due to illness of parents needing constant and organized care, in 2019 he gave up running the museum and graduated from nursing school. He devoted himself to caring for his mother (who suffers from bipolar disorder) and father (who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease), and used his management skills to develop a care system for the elderly. Learn about working care models in the West and the USA. “Caring for the elderly is like ‘connecting the dots,'” says Marcel. – Making a plan between: doctor, therapist, rest and treatment – he adds. Velez currently trains and conducts workshops for therapists and caregivers of the elderly, and also applies new methods. While working at the museum. , he willingly offered visitors around the exhibition halls. He says: “Art is a way of telling great stories. To this day, he leads the museum’s group of great art lovers, who introduces them to the world of architecture, painting and sculpture with his stories and joint visits to exhibitions.
In March 2022, he made his debut in the Polish publishing market with the novel “Świecy”.

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