By Diego Abdo for Grupo La Verdad
Born in 1985, Luciano Molina is a weirdo in Junín culture who has a strong weight in literature but who does not stop playing with a whole transmedia narrative focused on the audiovisual, which makes his work even greater.
Ambitious in his proposal, this lover of terror, the fantastic and science fiction is a professor of literature and a librarian. And although in his classes he does not mention his work, he exerts a particular attraction with young people, children and adolescents who enthusiastically follow him on social networks.
His two flagship novels, “Do not open the last door” (2019) and “The worst comes at night” (2022) were added to the curricula of some schools to be analyzed not only from the literary but also from the audiovisual through the unusual bookstrailers developed by Molina in videos in a professional way.
“When I finished the first book, the boys asked me to continue telling how the lives of the protagonists continued. And in the Pandemic I wrote my second novel, but with a more social look because it is also focused on 2001 and the crisis that was going on at the time,” Lucho said in the interview on the radio program Estamos Rodedados that is heard on LT 20 every Saturday at 12 noon.
Before the publication of these two novels, the 37-year-old writer from Junin had “El Círculo de Aión” on his back, his first novel written in 2014. Currently living in the town of Leandro N. Alem, when he writes his fantastic stories Molina takes elements from reality, in this case from Junín, challenges them, explores them and places them elsewhere. He somehow confronts what has been said, how little known can be the tunnels that go under the city, and reconfigures them in a credible way.
“As a teacher I have a great relationship with my students, many of them are my readers, but there are other people from other generations who write to me on Instagram to thank me for reminding them of places and people from their childhood. Some parents have also written to me telling me that their children read a book for the first time and it was my novel”, he says excitedly.
In his works, Molina mixes supernatural elements, friendly relations between the protagonists and that share of love that is experienced on the surface in adolescence.
From Stephen King, Mariana Enriquez, Bioy Casares, Borges, Cortázar and Abelardo Castillo, he takes their settings to finally be inspired to write.
The truth is that there are few records of novels that portray Junín, its places and characters in such a current way and from the hand of real people.
“The investigation is arduous because I always want to be true to reality. That’s why I went to libraries and newspaper archives. That reality has to be faithful to what it was because otherwise the veracity is lost, ”she says.
“It is a myth that children do not read”
It is already a classic that Molina tours the schools invited by other teachers or directors with the aim of presenting his book, and narrating stories and legends of Junín. And when he surrounds himself with teenagers, he signs books and takes photos rock star style. “Everyone asks me to recommend readings,” she says.
“The boys are interested in reading current stories that have to do with them and feel identified. The problem is when they are given to read classics or what the manuals and the Academy tell you and finally the boys get bored and end up hating literature. It is a great discussion that I have with my colleagues because if a boy gets hooked on current literature and makes him love books, surely over time he will go to a bookstore and want to buy some classics, which he would already read in another way and perfected. as a reader,” he says.
Today any of his novels can be bought in the different bookstores in Junín and on digital platforms. In the creative walk that does not know formats, Molina prepares the soundtrack of “The worst comes at night” together with the local rock band Fonda, while filming a video clip at the same time.
Metafiction with a lot of reality, from the hand of adolescents who must solve enigmas, lives stronger than ever by a memorious Molina who does not stop writing about Junín and its culture.
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