Javier Cercas: “Human beings are capable of the best and the worst”
Mexico City, Sept. 1 (EFE) .- The fear of repeating oneself made the Spanish writer Javier Cercas question himself when writing his book “Independencia” and in the process, in addition to portraying an elite political, he showed dark parts of his personality.
“Like Marín (the main character), human beings are capable of the best and the worst, Melchor is loaded with fury, darkness and the cursed part that we all carry inside,” Cercas said (Ibahernando, Cáceres , 1962) in a conference with the writer Emiliano Monge for the Hay Festival Querétaro 2021.
The writer said that by making the story, which is also included in the book “Terra Alta”, he was able to explore his own darkness by embodying part of his being in the main character.
“Melchor Marín is partly me, but in many ways he is better than me, the characters of a writer are inevitably himself, they are the flesh of our flesh. Melchor’s blackness, his fury and even his desire for revenge are somehow mine, ”Cercas assured.
These situations, as gloomy as they are constant, which surround history, were the result of a contemporary historical event which had a great impact on his life.
“This long novel is the fruit of what happened in Catalonia in 2017, which is one of the most privileged places in the world, when it was about to explode into a thousand pieces and a pre-war climate was experienced, “he said.
“For me it was a huge shock, there is a before and an after, because when the story arrives in capital letters at your house it does not stay at the door, it comes back,” he added.
From then on, Cercas transformed all of his thoughts and experiences into the book, which shows questions of elites and power, and although the work takes place in Barcelona in 2025, he hears that it can be seen as a blueprint easily. applicable elsewhere. of the world.
“(In the book) there is a portrait of an entrenched political-economic elite in power, which like all is absolutely poisonous and poisonous and can be transplanted anywhere,” he said.
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