|Màrius Serra obtained the Sant Jordi Award on December with his book Plans de futur (Future Plans), his first venture into novels since the publishing, in 2008, of Quiet (Still), a non-fiction story that was up to that moment, I have no doubt about it, his best work. The most committed, also. Where would his narrator instinct take him after that? The challenge was not easy, but Plans de futur meets it with no complexes, simply and with exemplary coherence. With a good novel. We talked about it with the author in his study while the third edition is being prepared.
The apparent driving force of Plans de futur is the life of a prominent mathematician born in our country who develops his activity under Franco’s regime. Would you say the novel is the biography of a mathematician?
There is at least one moment in the novel where you want it to be clear that you are talking about a mathematician. It is the chapter where you reproduce some correspondence between Ferran Sunyer and his cousin, and especially a letter from mathematician Szolem Mandelbrojt. I will admit I did not understand a thing about what that letter explained. Do you know what it is about?
The way you introduced the novel, I think no reader will feel disappointed when they find a mathematics initiation or communication book.
«I certainly understood that my conceptual level in mathematics would not be enough for me to understand or speak naturally from Ferran Sunyer’s brain»
«If we speak about Sunyer today as mathematician it is because of an ultra-specialization in the field»
It is clear that you did not want to make a biopic nor an exaltation of the character, but to go back, from Sunyer’s singular experience, to your literary universe.