viernes, 23 de noviembre de 2007

El mejor novelista de la cuadra

Es una broma vieja eso de clasificar a los escritores en grupos. A Onetti lo presentan como uno de los del Boom, o de la “promoción del Realismo mágico”. Contaba Héctor Rojas Erazo que, en un congreso de escritores latinoamericanos en España, los pusieron a disertar sobre la importancia de sus obras en el contexto latinoamericano. Después de que varios habían ocupado decenas de minutos (me imagino a Vargas Llosa –a propósito, una vez una periodista bisoña, aterrada por el aspecto del viejo Onetti, le preguntó por qué no tenía dientes, y el anciano contestó: “No. Yo sí tengo, lo que pasa es que se los presté a Vargas Llosa”), Onetti dijo, cuando le tocó el turno: “yo en Montevideo soy el mejor novelista de la cuadra”. Su credo se resume en las siguientes palabras: “Cuando un escritor es algo más que un aficionado, cuando pide a la literatura algo más que los elogios de honrados ciudadanos que son sus amigos […] podrá verse obligado por la vida a hacer cualquier clase de cosa, pero seguirá escribiendo […] Escribirá porque sí, porque no tendrá más remedio que hacerlo, porque es su vicio, su pasión y su desgracia”.

Particularmente magistral en el retrato y la adjetivación. Una muestra de lo primero: “Era, y para siempre, diez años más viejo que yo; tenía la nariz larga, los ojos sin sosiego, una boca fina y torcida de ladrón, de tramposo, de adicto a la mentira, un cutis protegido del sol desde la pubertad, una blancura conservada en la sombra del chambergo. Pero encima de todo esto, como un abrigo permanente, hacía flotar la tristeza, la desgracia, la mala suerte encarnizada. Era pequeño, frágil, con bigotes caídos y suaves”. Y de lo segundo (con un sustantivo, pero sin la barbaridad propia de las academias): “Sonriendo propicio se esforzó en recordar a Medina, en verlo burlarse y desconfiar, en ayudarlo a estar vivo y policía”. Entonces recuerda uno que la palabra ‘maestro’ todavía tiene sentido.

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qué dijo CresceNet?

Estoy sacándole el tiempo que me falta para rematar El Astillero, pero desde ya me uno a Ud. Onetti es el maestro

Lucaz dijo...

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