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Agustín Fernández Mallo was inspired by an 18th-century classification of colors to create a 'Pantone of love,' resulting in his novel The Book of All Loves.
"I suddenly thought I would like to make a Pantone, but not about colours; a Pantone of love," he explains.
The novel combines different forms and tones to explore love, including lyrical descriptions, academic discussions, and a traditional narrative about a couple facing the end of their world.
"Structurally, it is unexpected; it combines brief descriptions of different categories of love... with puzzling dialogues between a man and a woman."
The novel presents love as a force that can transform and rebuild the world, rather than focusing on apocalyptic themes.
"In fact, my book is an optimistic story: the novel presents love as something that can be completely reconstructed to create a new world," Fernández Mallo explains.