Guadalajara (Mexico), Dec 2 (EFE).- The Spanish writer Antonio Muñoz Molina stressed this Saturday at the Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL) that citizens have to “refuse the current political polarization,” warning that “in confusing circumstances there is always a premium for extremists.”
“We have to refuse the current political polarization that does not correspond to reality, we cannot succumb to it. In confusing circumstances there is always a premium for extremists,” he said in an interview with EFE during his participation in the great literary event in Spanish.
Muñoz Molina presented his most recent novel ‘I won’t see you die’ in the Mexican city, in which he takes a tour of the last century of the history of Spain and in which he talks about the power of memory and oblivion through reunion , after 50 years, of a couple who starred in a love story in their youth.
“No one, no person corresponds to a stereotype. What novels do is refuse to accept that simplification,” said the writer, winner of the 2013 Prince of Asturias Literature Award.
That is what, he stressed, literature is for: “For anyone who wants to face the true and profound experiences of life, such as love and exile.”
Commenting on the horror of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), he noted that the conflict caused “two sides, but “previously there were not these two sides.”
“When violence breaks out, there are generally more victims than culprits. And the culprits have a certain cunning, while the innocent are always defenseless,” he added.
Muñoz Molina, author of novels such as ‘Beltenebros’ and ‘The Night of Time’, was delighted to attend the FIL in Guadalajara, due to the passion that is evident for reading in its hallways.
Hence his surprise at the comments of the Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who said this week that it was “a conclave of the right,” justifying that he had never attended the event, the largest literary fair in Spanish in the world.
“If you are a progressive person and you see a fair with a massive presence of young people, with as much excitement about reading as here, which is something you see, is this not progressive? Then we are already entering populist obscurantism,” he said. also a member of the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE)
The 37th edition of the Guadalajara FIL, considered the second largest in the world, began on Saturday with the European Union (EU) as the guest of honor and the expectation of bringing together 650 writers from 45 countries until its conclusion, on December 3.