"It's a rite […] Every year they propose me, every year they forget me, "answered Jorge Luis Borges in the interviews in which he was asked about the Nobel Prize for Literature, today, 32 years after his death, an International Committee of Writers, among which include the French Catherine Millet, the British Irvine Welsh and the Spanish Marta Sanz, has decided to grant the award that the Swedish Academy denied him in life.
"The events that are public knowledge have shown the crisis that seizes the institution that historically was in charge of awarding the award, depending on it, and can not under any pretext allow this year the Prize to be declared void under penalty of irresponsibility of the academics that preceded us, an International Committee of Writers (CIE) with Members of Number assumes the responsibility of delivering the Nobel Prize for Literature 2018 to Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges Acevedo ", read in Swedish, English, French and Spanish Esteban Feune de Colombi during the opening of the International Literature Festival of Buenos Aires (Filba).
Feune de Colombi, characterized as the secretary of the Swedish Academy Sara Danius, said that "current literature is inconceivable without Borges" and it may be necessary to have read a lot to admire it. "The eternal desire of men for a golden age is manifested in their texts, the ancients, who had no idea of time, placed it far away, Borges thirty years ago, he was an intelligent man, he saw a metaphor in phrases that others We would accept as direct, he always wrote with a selection of the current language used by men in moments of passion, "he said. The Aleph.
"The fact that he was a genius is no less admirable than the fact that he always wrote modestly, sometimes ironic … To read a book of his is to penetrate a great city, which we ignore, or in the shadow of a battle," he read. the spokesman of the Committee in the auditorium of the Museum of Latin American Art (Malba). "He understood that the best instrument that has been given to men to renew or innovate is tradition, not slavishly imitated but branched and enriched." The discovery of a text was for Borges something no less vivid than the proximity of the sea or of a woman, "he added in a speech for which they borrowed words that the teacher of Argentine letters dedicated in prologues to other writers he admired, such as Fiódor Dostoyevski, HG Wells and Eugene O'Neill.
The Committee was convened at the behest of Juan Mendoza, Esteban Feune de Colombi and Marc Caellas, who rebelled against the decision of the Swedish Academy not to deliver the literature prize this year due to accusations of sexual abuse against the playwright and photographer Jean -Claude Arnault, husband of the academic Katarina Frostenson. "Juan Mendoza wrote to me saying: 'Seen what happened at the Swedish Academy, you two could make a performance announcing the Nobel Prize, you would have to give it to Borges,' he told EL PAÍS Caellas, director and writer of Catalan theater hours before the announcement . "As we attribute the right to give, we can change the rules and they are not alive, but dead," he added.
Feune de Colombi said that the project has served to re-read Borges and is in line with his work of experimentation between the literary and the scenic. "Many had the idea, but nobody did," he presumed, waiting for the reaction of the Argentine public, who has always regretted not having a Nobel Prize in Literature. The directors Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat already fulfilled that national fantasy in The illustrious citizen, the winner of the Goya for the best Ibero-American film in which Óscar Martínez plays an Argentine who receives the highest literary award. Today it was granted to the most admired writer in the country.