Played With Wolves
Right Sold: French
JOAQUIM RUYRA YOUNG ADULT'S FICTION AWARD 2009
The story of a wild boy
who survives alone in the mountains for over ten years, in the land
of the wolves. Based on a true story hidden by the Franco regime,
which Gabriel Janer Manila brought to light in his doctoral thesis
"I was very young, I must have been six, when one
day, before nightfall, a man appeared who I had never seen before.
He gave my father some money, picked me up in his arms and put me
on the horse. We left. My father had sold me as if selling a goat".
Thus begins I've Played With Wolves, a very hard
story, extremely sensitive and beautifully written with the skill
of a master of children's and young people's literature in this
country, which will captivate young readers and adults alike. This
is the first title of our crossover collection, "Bridge", which
includes novels for both young people and adults, and which therefore
establish a literary bridge between two readerships.
On November 2010 the film Entrelobos (www.entrelobos.net)
directed by Gerardo Olivares and based on this story, was released
About the authors
Gabriel Janer Manila (Algaida, 1940), fiction writer, essayist and
pedagogue. Since 1975 he has alternated his novels and essays for
adults with books for boys and girls, with which he has won many
prizes like the Josep M. Folch iTorres (1975), the Serra d'Or Critics’
Prize, or the Generalitat de Catalunya Prize and the National Prize
for Children’s and Young People’s Literature (1994).
In 1979 he published an essay based on his thesis doctoral: The
problems with educating children in the jungle: the case of “Marcos”;
thirty years later he has developed the story and turned it into
the novel I’ve Played With Wolves, winner of the 36th Joaquim
Ruyra young people’s fiction award.
What the press said
“I cannot believe that such an incredible story could
have fallen virtually into oblivion.”
(Gerardo Olivares, director of Entrelobos, the film based on this
“I’ve Played With Wolves moves sensitive readers
of all ages.” Víctor Amela
“A very beautiful text that touches all the senses, a
fable written by a free man who likes to champion just causes.”
J. Carlos González Faraco