Murakami en Jerusalén
Haruki Murakami, como lo mencioné hace unas semanas, ganó el Premio Jerusalén que le fue entregado en la 24th Feria Internacional del libro de Jerusalen. Sin embargo, recibir ese importante premio internacional, el primero realmente prestigioso que recibe (que lo han ganado antes JM Coetzee, VS Naipaul, Arthur Miller, Mario Vargas Llosa y Milan Kundera), no le fue fácil dada la coyuntura política y de los grupos de apoyo Pro-Palestinos que le pedían que rechace el premio. En The Guardian reseñan lo que dijo Murakami para justificar la aceptación del premio:
When I was asked to accept this award I was warned from coming here because of the fighting in Gaza. I asked myself: Is visiting Israel the proper thing to do? Will I be supporting one side?" the Jerusalem Post quoted him as saying. "I gave it some thought. And I decided to come. Like most novelists, I like to do exactly the opposite of what I'm told. It's in my nature as a novelist. Novelists can't trust anything they haven't seen with their own eyes or touched with their own hands. So I chose to see. I chose to speak here rather than say nothing." Murakami went on to compare humans to eggs. "If there is a hard, high wall and an egg that breaks against it, no matter how right the wall or how wrong the egg, I will stand on the side of the egg. Why? Because each of us is an egg, a unique soul enclosed in a fragile egg. Each of us is confronting a high wall. The high wall is the system which forces us to do the things we would not ordinarily see fit to do as individuals." We are all "human beings, individuals, fragile eggs", according to the author. "We have no hope against the wall: it's too high, too dark, too cold," he said. "To fight the wall, we must join our souls together for warmth, strength. We must not let the system control us – create who we are. It is we who created the system."
Creo que después de esto, nunca volveré a comer huevos revueltos con tocino (mis favoritos para escándalo de mi nutricionista) sin sentir un poco de compasión por el género humano.