Tuesday, January 28, 2014
The Call of the Toad. Malos Presagios. De Günter Grass
He terminado de leer esta ¨novela¨ de Günter Grass, y mientras buscaba con esfuerzo el nombre traducido al español (literalmente), dí con la crítica en el New York Times, escrita por Peter S. Scott, que refleja mis propios pensamientos, exactamente, al punto que pensé, porqué a Grass le habían dado el premio Nobel (y no a Borges...). Debajo, reproduzco mi opinión rasa en las palabras de Scott:
¨A wit was once asked how he expected to spend eternity in Heaven. He replied: "With English books and German music." "And how," he was asked, "would you spend eternity in hell?" "With the reverse, of course."
SPIEGEL: Can you think of any other mistakes you have made during your life? Grass: In my case, as everyone knows, I was seduced by the Hitler Youth in my younger years. I make this abundantly clear in my book "Peeling the Onion." I suppose I derived a certain immunity to any ideological posturing from that mistake.
SPIEGEL: In "Grimms' Words," you address your time with the Waffen-SS once again, and you describe your swearing-in on a clear, cold winter's night. You were 17 at the time. Do you also count that moment among the mistakes in your life? Grass: It was not a misdeed on my part. I was drafted, as many thousands of others were. I didn't volunteer for the Waffen-SS. The end of the war liberated me from the pledge of blind obedience. After that, I knew that I would never take an oath again.