Three men have come forward and revealed they’re actually the award-winning female writer known as Carmen Mola.
On October 15, three Spanish TV scriptwriters, named Agustín Martínez, Jorge Díaz and Antonio Mercero, stepped forward at the Planeta literacy awards and made the shocking reveal as they collected the €1million prize money.
The trio admitted they were actually the people behind the novel, ‘The Beast,’ which is set in the 1800s around the cholera pandemic.
After hearing the revelation, many people took to social media and labelled the three men ‘scammers’.
Beatriz Gimeno, who is the former director of the Women’s Institute in Madrid, tweeted: “It is not only the name; it is the false profile with which it has taken readers and journalists. Scammers.”
Another person penned: “So the biggest literacy award (1million euros) was just announced yesterday in Spain and it was given to a noir female writer, with the pen name Carmen Mola, who was then revealed to actually be three white men.
“You can’t make this s*** up.”
Pitching in, a third commented: “Three white men, co-authorship, gender identity fraud, benefitting from patronage reserved for marginalised females voices in literature; how is this ethical and lawful? How is literature patronage regulated? This is absurd beyond belief.”
However, the trio’s move has been dubbed a ‘good marketing operation’ by the El Mundo newspaper.
Before the confession was made, Mola – who was branded as a married female university professor with a child – was listed on the 2020 Women’s Institute’s choice of ‘feminist reading’.
Despite news of the real authors behind the crime thriller, the Penguin Random House still lists Mola as an author on its site.
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