Diary of a bad year

Com si algú l’hagués posat en aquell prestatge de la Biblioteca pública perquè jo l’agafés… Escrit l’any 2007 per J.M. Coetzee, les reflexions que el protagonista fa són les que nosaltres ens estem fent ara mateix sobre el sentit o no de votar, la relació entre terrorisme i pèrdua de llibertats, les pandèmies inventades… de rabiosa actualitat.

Un escriptor de 72 anys dicta un llibre que està fent a una noia que ha conegut a la bugaderia i a qui li ha demanat que treballi per a ell. Planteja disquisicions filosòfiques, polítiques, sobre la llei i l’estat, el terrorisme, la llibertad, la pornografia infantil, les pandèmies i els virus, els esports, les religions… mentre es va formant una mena de triangle entre ell, la noia que transcriu els seus enregistraments i el company d’aquesta. Llegiu-ne alguns fragments:

Sobre el fet de votar:

“The form of the choice is not open to discussion. The ballot paper does not say: Do you want A or B or no one at all? The citizen who expresses his inhappiness with the form of choice on offer by the only means open to him -not voting, or else spoiling on offer by paper- is simply not counted, that is to say, is discounted, ignored. Inclinations are not part of the currency of politics. What the state deals in are choices. The ordinary person would like to say: Some days I incline to A, some says to B, most days I just feel they should both go away; or else, Some of A and some of B, sometimes and at other times neither A nor B but something different. The state shakes its head: You have to choose, says the state: A or B.”

Diary of a bad year

Sobre terrorisme:

“A BBC documentary argues that, for reasons of its own, the US administration chooses to keep alive the myth of Al Qaida as a poweful secret terrorist organization with cells all over the world, whereas the truth is that Al Qaida has been more or less destroyed and we see today are terror attacks by autonomous groups of Muslim radicals.

The bogeyman Osama bin Laden has succeeded beyond his wildest dreams. Armed with nothing but kalashnikovs and plastic explosives, he and his followers have terrorized and demoralized the West, driving nations into wholesale panic. To the bullying, authoritarian, militaristic strand in Western political life, Osama has been a gift from the gods.”

Edició: Hayvill Secker, London, 2007

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Som dues dones d'un petit país, Catalunya. Ens agrada caminar, viatjar i la cultura. Two women from an small country, Catalonia. We like travelling and culture
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