Karina Sainz Borgo: Los Rassendyll

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Just as the noble Rudolf Rassendyll’s trip to Ruritania changed his life, the appearance of Zenda did the same. I’m not talking about the fact that it would have turned readers into would-be kings like in Hope’s novel, which too, but rather the kind of freedom that comes from the birth of a great idea: an open, plural and literary publication. free. Five years have passed since then, also more than a million unique users and almost a dozen books published in various collections, including Zenda Aventuras.

Arturo Pérez-Reverte, founder and beacon of this publication, had been thinking for some time about the creation of a digital magazine dedicated to books and the

that it was only necessary to read and write well, love and respect the word, as well as the desire to work, to be part of it. I don’t know if the same thing would happen to the rest of the prisoners, but this adventurous galleon set sail at an uncertain moment, times of rough seas, but those who signed up got a letter like no other, because they were granted nobility and friendship.

In Zenda, unknown names found a place to shine. Since 2016, it has been the hotbed of authors and columnists, of rogue, sharp, rhapsodic interviewers, as well as illustrators, photographers, poets … Fascinated by the adventure that Arturo Pérez-Reverte had placed in our hands, many understood thanks to Zenda that verbal audacity can only be acquired by reading and writing, but that all of this remains on paper without the codes of friendship and loyalty that we owe to ourselves.

Since she was born five years ago, Zenda has made us noble and adventurous, like Rassendyll. I have seen few projects capable of creating such close ties as Zenda has. They are not his fluffy or complacent associates, but neither do they unsheathe their saber for no reason. The plurality is of interest. Chance wanted, but also tenacity, that in post-pandemic times it would be possible to present 2030, the fourth free volume of stories edited by Zenda with the sponsorship of Iberdrola, and which was coordinated by Leandro Pérez and which brings together signatures as different as Luz Gabás, Espido Freire, Antonio Lucas, Andrés Trapiello or Manuel Jabois, among many others. In Ruritania anything is possible.

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