With the release of his last book La verdad también se inventa, a coral novel featured by a group of perturbed minds participating in a radio program, Planet-BPM interviewed the Spanish Journalist and author Fernando Delgado, and talked about many different aspects of culture, literature and media in both Spain, as compared to European average.
P-B: Speaking about European Literature, which one would you pick by country?
FD: The Italian, definitely; due to a very francophone oriented education, and also to the fact that I have always had a good direct contact with Italian authors; as for a book, Der Zauberberg by Thomas Mann, definitely.
P-B: Please tell me about Spanish Literature in Europe, in terms of its role, positioning…
FD: Well, l guess we can call it cosmopolitan and open-minded NOW – he recalls – but let’s look at it as something that has lately started to happen. It is actually connected to European sensitivity, but surprisingly enough, the best example of European connection is the difference, such as the projection of what is local with a universal dimension. There is a private world that, far from being close to us, turns up tremendously appealing to others; so it happens in Italian Literature, which all too often projects its own plain reality, and that is where all its attraction resides.
P-B: Concerning reading habits among young Spaniards….
FD: Very, very low, but surely it is likely to happen not only here, even thought we must face the fact that unfortunately our youngsters do have to deal with a traditionally low reading habits record, when compared to other European countries. On the other hand, we have to notice the positive evolution of reading habits in Spain: with Democracy for example and specially among women, the reading index has dramatically changed…- just notice the number of people reading in the subway, and the number of Community Libraries that are being opened in smaller towns and villages…
P-B: What sort of part do you thing Communication Media play when it comes to literature diffusion?
FD: A very important role, but it is quite obvious that it is- literature diffusion- nowadays quite neglected; as a matter of fact, nowadays media are extremely trivialised, and everything is suitable to trade with, up to unthinkable extremes…because media suffer from the world crisis, and the other way round, they trigger it – at of both moral and economic levels…
P-B: What sort
of piece of advise would you openly give to European youngsters- both as a writer and also as a journalist?
FD: Loyalty to one’s own values, as there are a lot of distracting devices which might well make a puppet out of a creative profile – exhibitionism among the worst. Making clear the line between “literature” and “show” is crucial for writers. As for journalists, making one’s way all through the difficulties set up by media completely mastered by both political and economic powers is mandatory. It means honestly fight for faithful information.
P:B: Nowadays in many European countries culture is really democratised; how about Spain, is it really affordable to everyone?
FD: We have to avoid exerting illustrated despotism, on the contrary, providing tools and devices for people to establish their own relationship with culture. Whereas cultural wealth is already democratically distributed inSpain, for politicians culture is in the last position of the check list.
Fernando Delgado (Tenerife, 1947) is the author of Tachero, awarded the Pérez Armas Prize in 1973, Exterminio en Lastenia, Pérez Galdós awarded in 1979, Ciertas Personas (1989), Háblame de tí, (1993), La mirada del otro, Planeta Award, 1995, No estabas en el cielo (1996), Escrito por Luzbel (1998), Isla sin mar (2002), and his poetic production includes Proceso de adivinaciones (1981), Autobiografía del hijo (1995), Pressencias de ceniza (2001), y El pájaro escondido en un museo (2010). In 1994 he published Cambio de tiempo – articles and essays and in 2005 Parece mentira, journalistic chronicle. Fernando graduated from Universidad Complutense of Madrid with a degree in Journalism, and worked in print, radio and television media.