I see that in the face of this pandemic there is no unity. From a political point of view, they are fighting all the time. One would think that this would be the time to unite and help those who are sick.
At one point in El detío a SantiagoReflecting on the Civil War, I wrote that Spain can be cruel and it can also be the opposite. But Spain is a country that essentially has not been reconciled.
We are talking about the 1976 reform; There was a lot of hope for reconciliation, there were Adolfo Suárez and Santiago Carrillo, everyone wanted that. Today, however, we see that this division is still there. There is also a great economic divide, something that by the way happens right now everywhere. I don’t know, it’s very puzzling.
In the Netherlands there were also criticisms of the Dutch Minister of Economy for his severity, because he has not opened his hand with Italy or Spain to tell them We will help you.
How did you experience the Dutch differences with the Sánchez government in the agitated meeting in Brussels on the reconstruction of Europe?
In Holland there were also criticisms of the Dutch Minister of Economy for his severity, because he has not opened his hand with Italy or Spain to say: “We will help you.” At the same time, there is help. We Dutch are net contributors. It is true that we paid a lot, but our attitude could have been much more understanding.
European R. I can’t help being Dutch, but my love for Spain is always there. I myself am a mess politically, but this is the first summer in forty years that I have not been to Spain. It is quite a deprivation.
I have an old friend from New Zealand who lives in Menorca. He walks around my garden and tells me how my cacti are. When I see the weather forecast for Spain and big storms are announced over the Balearic Islands, then I get worried and call him. I also talk to a Menorcan gardener, who sometimes walks around there.
It sounds a bit sentimental and ridiculous, but I would say it speaks to me of hope. I see all the dangers, in each of the countries. There are countries that are in Europe because it is profitable for them, but it does not seem to me that they are truly European.
Even my friends who had been in concentration camps, who had reason to resent Germany, were supporters of reunification. We must bear in mind that Europe wants to survive in these times when the United States has become a very strange country, not without its dangers, and on the other side is China If Europe wants to be something it has to be very united,
This week I recalled the reunification of Germany I was in Prague, and there was Mitterrand, who only gave her approval to reunification as a means of facilitating the single currency. We must not forget: everyone has had to make concessions. It happened thirty years ago! I remember passion, with supporters and detractors, and we see that history moves faster than minds.
After his recovery, the award was received by Carlos Fuentes, Juan Goytisolo, Javier Marías, Enrique Vila-Matas, Ricardo Piglia, Roberto Calasso, Alberto Manguel, Mircea Cartarescu and Annie Ernaux.
This year a meeting will be held coinciding with the award ceremony from independent publishers in the Spanish language, in addition to the conversations scheduled between September 18 and 20, and entitled ‘Bagaudas, goliardos y stylitas.
Acrobats of the ancient and modern world ‘. The event will feature the stellar participation of the South African Nobel Prize winner JM Coetzee, who will deliver a lecture on autobiography as a literary genre. They will also speak the British professor Edward Wilson-Lee, specialized in the history of libraries; the Ethiopian writer, Maaza Mengiste; or the Mexican David Huerta.