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J.M.Coetzee. Fuente: granta

Gracias a The Literary Saloon me entero de este artículo en Granta, donde se cuenta la curiosa manera en que JM Coetzee logró burlar la censura de su país.

But you’ll find no gratitude in Coetzee, no dedications in his books to some censor’s bureaucratic serial number. Here are some choice fragments of the censors’ reports on In the Heart of the Country, a novel in which there is sex – both consensual and forced – between white and black characters: there are ‘traces of protest literature’; the sexual intercourse ‘across the colour bar’ is ‘so firmly interwoven, even overwoven, by the sometimes almost hermetic style, that it won’t give any offence’; the novel will be ‘read and enjoyed only by intellectuals’; ‘it is difficult to abstract reality out of the spinster’s flights of imagination’. Despite In the Heart of the Country’s troubling and transgressive content, in the censors’ view the novel was rendered innocuous by a literary quality which curtailed the book’s likely readership. A classic defence.

Cabe recordar que Coetzee publicó un estupendo libro de ensayos titulado Contra la censura, (Debate) además de escribir numerosos artículos y dar conferencias al respecto. Por eso mismo esta anecdota es estupenda.

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4:09 p.m.

Por cierto, ¿sabes que ha ocurrido con Granta en español? Ya hace más de un año que no se publica, y temo que lo hayan matado por falta de lectores...    



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