The best selling author Javier Sierra rose yesterday with the LXVI Planet Prize novel with the manuscript of The Invisible Fire, presented with the provisional title of The Artificial Mountain under the pseudonym of Victoria Goodman. “I want to dedicate this novel to fellow writers,” he said excitedly for the “impressive moment” because “it is the word where lies the creative force of our civilization.” “It is in the use of the word where is the origin of goodness and evil, that is the invisible fire that we all have in our interior,” explained the author in relation to his novel. Specifically, the plot points to the origin of a word “that changed the fate of Europe in the twelfth century”: “That word is Grail.”
His special collaboration with the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors began in 2014, when at the headquarters of the centenary entity, presented for the first time to a specialized audience, composed of painters, restorers, art critics and artists in general, the novel The Master of the Prado.
As Javier Sierra himself said, it was the first time since the publication of the novel, which was directed especially at an audience consisting mainly of painters, that is, those who narrate with their canvases the stories he wanted to unravel in his book, noting the importance of how much they paint for all those who observe his works.
The public, who was enthusiastic about the direct, clear and simple way with which he showed the subject, was receptive until the last moment of the talk, opening after a turn of questions that was very lively and in which Javier Sierra answered to curious questions and qualified many affirmations.
In a lively conversation, and before the session was adjourned, the President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, José Gabriel Astudillo, presented him with an engraving that reproduces the cover of the Gazette of Fine Arts, elaborated by the Engraving Department of the entity, as well as an AEPE Medal, which Javier Sierra thanked affectionately.
Soon after, he signed very artistically in the Book of Honor of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, and received a note of his portrait, elaborated by the students of the Portrait Workshop that took place in the headquarters of the entity.
Javier Sierra took a lot of interest in this meeting, proof of it is that he reflected on his twitter before and after the event, and also on his facebook.
Following this visit to the headquarters, the Gazette of Fine Arts of May 2014 published an exclusive interview conducted by the General Secretary of the AEPE, Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, which can be seen in this same web tab ” News and publications “, sub-tab” Interviews and reports “.
In June 2014, the AEPE held an end-of-course party, a special day of open doors, which was attended by many members and friends and in which the President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, José Gabriel Astudillo López, wanted to personally thank each of the attendees for his involvement with our entity.
For this end-of-course party, students from the Portraits Workshop, friends, partners and artists who wanted to hold a great session in which they painted those who wanted to pose for the occasion, and in which we had a model of exception as was the known writer and journalist Javier Sierra, who maintains a close relationship with the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors of collaboration and unconditional support.
But there was also another surprise is that the television network Telemadrid, wanted to live with us the exciting session and so expressed in its television news of 9, with a report by the journalist Teresa Iborra, which brought all viewers to reality of the portrait in Spain.
It is the fact that this has been the first time that television has entered our headquarters on Calle Infantas. It is true that some events organized by the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors have already been on television, but this was the first time our headquarters did.
Javier Sierra, who was delighted to pose for such a varied crowd, delighted those gathered there and was, as usual, attentive, kind, solicitous and patient, declaring himself “very honored” to act as an improvised model .
In September of that same year, Javier Sierra surprised us by mentioning the centenary Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors in the book that had just seen the light “The Immortal Pyramid”, Javier Sierra’s last book in which Napoléon faces one of man’s greatest desires: eternal life. In 2002 Sierra published “The Egyptian Secret of Napoleon”, but this time it was a complete, improved, rewrite of that adventure, with a better plot and new characters.
The author’s generosity towards our organization led him to include the complete name of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors in the section of Acknowledgments, where mentioned José Gabriel Astudillo and Mª Dolores Barreda as President and General Secretary respectively. As the author told us, he could have mentioned them individually and privately, but he preferred to give back part of the love that he has always received from the artists and partners.
Javier Sierra counted for the edition of this book with the special collaboration of Jose Gabriel Astudillo, who made four drawings of bas-reliefs, reason for which also appears in the first pages of the same one.
Already in March 2015, Javier Sierra did not hesitate to accept the invitation of the AEPE to form part of the Jury of the 50 Reina Sofía Prize for Painting and Sculpture, repeating his collaboration in the editions of the 51 and 52 Reina Sofia Prize.
Javier Sierra (Teruel, 1971) is not only one of the most translated fiction authors of recent times – around a quarter of languages - but is the only Spanish writer who has managed to climb the list of best-selling The New York Times. He entered the longed-for top ten in 2006 with The Secret Dinner.
Expert of the thriller of historical enigma and author of a ten of books between novel and essay, Sierra has more than a decade demonstrated more than his abilities of communicator in radio and television, like tertuliano, habitual collaborator or even director of several programs for the small screen, always around the mystery and the past. Among his works, the best-selling novel, The Secret Dinner (2004), the novels El Maestro del Prado (2013) and The Immortal Pyramid (2014) stand out, in order not to expose his essayistic production, such as The Forbidden Route and Other Enigmas of History (2007) and In Search of the Golden Age (2000).
Javier Sierra returns to its purest substance and to which most literary party has taken it because The invisible fire deals with the theme par excellence of the novels of the genre: the mystery of the Holy Grail. A young professor, based in Dublin, of Spanish origin and grandson of a famous writer, travels for a few days to Madrid to participate in a strange study group that is dedicated to follow the trail of the famous Christian relic in literature and the art. And what looks like mere scientific research will soon turn into something else, after the murder of one of the researchers. Following the dangerous track of the coveted Grail, the plot unfolds, as is usual in the author, much historical erudition and a great palette of cultural references, across multiple Spanish stages.