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Presented in Sewer Manuel E. Mira's book "LA ÚLTIMA LLAVE" (09/06/2019)

Last Thursday the book of Manuel E. Mira "LA ÚLTIMA LLAVE" was presented in the assembly hall of the Citizen Participation Center of Alcantarilla, in an act that counted on the collaborations of María Luisa Martínez, María Gómez and Joaquín Cantón, with the presence of the acting mayor of Alcantarilla, Joaquín Buendía and the head of the Corones de Alcantarilla Air Base, Francisco Javier Fernández, with the always interesting presentation of his work by the writer, who a month before received a few meters the distinction of the Association of Friends of the Huerta Museum, as a Distinguished Member 2019, in the celebration of the Day of the Huerta Museum.

Manuel Enrique Mira was born in Murcia in 1944, and, as he likes to say, "in the shadow of the Tower of the Cathedral".

He studied in such emblematic places of Murcia as the Marists, and the Alfonso X the Wise Institute, but it was in Cartagena where he was trained as an Industrial Technical Engineer.

After his retirement, he devoted himself to writing: stories, poems ... until he undertook the writing of his first novel, "The murmur of time."

A moving novel with an indisputable protagonist: Murcia: its garden and its capital.

Although the action also takes place in Cuba and the Philippines, from the mid-nineteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth, it is the history of our region, its customs, its characters and its roots, the true protagonist of the novel.

The work received the prestigious "Book Murciano del Año 2014" award and reaches its 5th edition.

Last year, his second novel "The last key, Return to Sepharad, the longed-for country", in which he tells us the story of the Jews who had to leave, in the time when they lived with Arabs and Christians, was a finalist in the prestigious Ateneo de Sevilla award, which has just been published.

Manuel E. Mira is Distinguished Partner 2019 by the Association of Friends of the Huerta Museum, at the event held on May 5, on the Day of the Museum of the Huerta.

As for the review of the novel, "On the night of September 13, 1530, a terrible storm unloads on Murcia" Thus begins "The last key", a magnificent novel that will undoubtedly fascinate lovers of the historical genre. of two friars, former comrades in arms, is intertwined with Tobí and other Jews of Murcia.

The daily life in the city, its customs and feelings, the plague epidemic, the terrifying power of the Inquisition, the pain of leaving Spain and, above all, some love stories that lead us to the end with that deep desire to return to what they calledSefarad, his long-suffering homeland. That sentiment, which was transmitted from generation to generation, made many Jewish families keep for centuries that "last key" of their home, which is what gives the title to the novel.

The work has been published by the Ateneo de Sevilla, being a finalist in the prestigious award of the same name, in the year of its fiftieth anniversary.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Alcantarilla

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