The scenes of his childhood, the landscape of his native Úbeda and the remoteness of the Guadalquivir valley, are continuously present in Muñoz Molina’s work, as the author himself reveals:
“(…) I like many places, but I look at the landscape of the Guadalquivir valley from the walls of my city and that landscape moves me in a way that no other moves me. (…) “
Interview with Antonio Muñoz Molina. Librújula Magazine. February 25, 2016.
An intimacy revealed in many of his novels and where the viewpoints of Úbeda serve as a watchtower to reveal the aesthetic qualities and feelings that they provoke.
(…) “I recall the vertigo of looking down the viewpoints of the wall and seeing in front of my eyes the entire depth of the precipices and the unlimited extension of the world, the terraces of the orchards, the hills of the olive groves, the broken and distant brilliance of the river, the dark blue of the foothills of the Sierra, the demolished statue -like profile of Mount Aznaitín […] “
Antonio Muñoz Molina. The Polish Horseman.
“(…) Solana too had looked at that space of unlimited light as a child and returned to it to die, those open streets of Magina that seemed to end before the sea and embankments like balconies, cliffs or high maritime viewpoints from where he looked out into all the clarity of the world not violated but by the greed of his pupils and the fables of his imagination (…) ”.
Antonio Muñoz Molina. Beatus Ille.