Pamuk vs. la Eurocopa
Vía The Literary Saloon me entero de que Orhan Pamuk, entrevistado por Der Spiegel sobre las expectativas que tiene sobre su selección en la Eurocopa 2008, declaró no estar interesado en el fútbol porque fomenta el nacionalismo y la xenofobia. No es de extrañar que piense eso, conociendo a los hinchas turcos y el apeativo de "el infierno" que tiene el estadio en Estambul. John Keenan en The Guardian comenta con ironía las declaraciones de Pamuk. En todo caso, no tiene por qué sufrir tanto el premio Nobel porque, después de ver el primer partido, dudo que Turquía pase a la segunda etapa. Vamos a ver qué tal lo hacen hoy día contra los anfitriones Suizos (que tampoco lo hicieron muy bien en el primer partido).
It was Orhan Pamuk's birthday on Saturday, but rather than being garlanded with good wishes the 55-year-old Nobel laureate found himself embroiled in controversy. Interviewed by Der Spiegel in the run-up to Turkey's opening match against Portugal in Euro2008, Pamuk said that football provokes nationalism and xenophobia and called Fatih Terim, the national team coach, an "ultra-nationalist". Terim shot back that Pamuk is an "inadequate nationalist". (...) Pamuk's ambivalence over the beautiful game is unsurprising. In his fine memoir Istanbul: Memories and the City football is barely mentioned, and the book has nothing at all to say about the fierce rivalry between Galatasaray and Fernabache which domınates the waking and sleeping thoughts of so many male Istanbullus. (...) Pamuk had told Der Spiegel that despite his misgivings he would get behind Turkey on the night and I decided to follow suit. But the boys took a beating, and the excitement in the bar evaporated with the swiftness of a Chrıstiano Ronaldo free kick. In his book on Istanbul Pamuk describes the phenomenon of hüzün, the melancholy provoked by living among the ruins of a vanished empire. It is not too fanciful to suggest that this feeling is shared by supporters of a football team which never seems capable of fulfilling a manifest destiny. If he turned his penetrating mind to football, Pamuk, I'm sure, could write a fascinating account of its effect on the Turkish soul. If not Pamuk, then who? Where is this football-crazy nation's answer to Nick Hornby?