‘I would like to tell a short story before dying’. This is the beginning of Daniel’s narrative, a youth sentenced to he hanged at daybreak. The misfortunes he goes through could make us think of a character out of a picaresque novel, but Daniel is just a good innocent youth tired of life in a hostile world. He is a teen that discovers love through the stories he has been told since, for him, we are only capable of falling in love because we have been told love stories.
Biography: Gabriel Janer Manila was born in Algaida (Majorca) in 1940. He is a BA in Humanities and a Ph.D. in Pedagogy at the University of Barcelona. He holds the chair of Education Anthropology at the University of the Balearic Islands. One of the most prestigious writers in Catalan, he has been awarded twice Spain National Teen Literature Prize and was nominated twice, in 1988 and 1994, as Spain’s official candidate to the Hans Christian Andersen International Teen Literature Prize.