Skip to comments.Why do Obama and Clinton (but no Republicans) Eulogize Gabriel Garcia-Marquez?
Posted on 05/03/2014 7:56:03 AM PDT by Kaslin
The eulogies to Nobel-winning author Gabriel Garcia-Marquez upon his recent death make two points official:
1.) No amount of moral and intellectual wretchedness will earn an artist even the mildest rebuke from most of his professional peers and their related institutionsso long as the wretch hires himself out to communists.
2.) The masochism (to sidestep more McCarthyite terms) of Democratic U.S. Presidents is boundless.
Not that the media eulogies sidestep Garcia-Marquez politics. Most are quite upfront about it. Lets take the one run by The New York Times as emblematic:
Like many Latin American intellectuals and artists, Mr. García Márquez felt impelled to speak out on the political issues of his day. He viewed the world from a left-wing perspective, bitterly opposing Gen. Augusto Pinochet, the right-wing Chilean dictator, and unswervingly supporting Fidel Castro in Cuba. Mr. Castro became such a close friend that Mr. García Márquez showed him drafts of his unpublished books.
Notice the word dictator above. But with whom does the New York Times associate it? Pinochet, of course. Does Fidel Castro also qualify as dictator? The New York Times does not tell us.
Mr. García Márquezs ties to Mr. Castro troubled some intellectuals and human rights advocates, continues the NYTimes. Susan Sontag wrote in the 1980s, To me its scandalous that a writer of such enormous talent be a spokesperson for a government which has put more people in jail (proportionately to its population) than any other government in the world He attributed the criticism to what he called Americans almost pornographic obsession with Castro. But he became sensitive enough about the issue to intercede on behalf of jailed Cuban dissidents.
In fact, fully contrary to the New York Times whitewash, Garcia Marquez intercession is what got some of those dissidents jailed and tortured by his friend Castro in the first place. Lets not mince words. Lets call out Garcia-Marquez categorically: on top of his decades of pro-bono propaganda services for Castroism, Garcia-Marquez was also a volunteer snitch for Castros KGB-mentored secret police.
Here Ill turn over the floor to someone intimately familiar with the issue Armando Valladares who himself suffered 22 torture-filled years in Castros prisons and was later appointed by Ronald Reagan as U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Human Rights Commission:
"Many years ago Garcia Marquez became an informer for Castros secret police, starts a recent expose by Mr Valladares. At the time, back in Havana, Cuban dissident and human-rights activist, Ricardo Bofill, with help of the then-reporter for Reuters, Collin McSevengy, managed to enter the Havana hotel where García Márquez was having a few drinks. In a quiet corner, with absolute discretion, Bofill gave García Márquez a series of documents relating to several Cuban artists.
A few weeks later Castro's police arrested Ricardo Bofill--and displayed on the table right next to Castros secret-policeman --were the very documents which Bofill had given Garcia Marquez.
Bofill, a peaceful human-rights activist inspired by Gandhi and Martin Luther King, went on to suffer 12 years in Castros prisonsthanks to Gabriel Garcia-Marquez. On October 13, 1968 the Spanish newspapers ABC and Diario 16, published Bofill's disclosures and headlined that: "García Márquez' revelations led to the imprisonment of numerous Cuban writers and artists." Seems all this was all conveniently forgotten by most media outlets last week.
But enough from me. Instead lets hear from some folks much closer to this issue. Lets hear from Cuban writers who were suffering in Castros KGB-designed dungeons and torture chambers while Gabriel Garcia-Marquez contributed his literary influence and might towards glorifying their torturer.
The late Reynaldo Arenas autobiography Before Night Falls was on the New York Times (no less!) list of the ten best books of the year in 1993. In 2000 the book became a movie starring Javier Bardem, Johnny Depp and Sean Penn (no less!) Throughout the 70s Arenas was jailed and tortured by Castros police for his rebellious writings and gay lifestyle. He finally escaped on the Mariel boatlift tin 1980. Heres his take on Gabriel Garcia Marquez from 1982:
Its high time for all the intellectuals of the free world (the rest don't exist) to take a stand against this unscrupulous propagandist for totalitarianism. I wonder why these intellectual apologists for communist paradises dont live in them? Or is it that they prefer collecting payment there and here, while enjoying the comforts and guarantees of the western world?
In fact, Garcia-Marquez did live on and off in Cuba, in a (stolen) mansion Castro gifted him, where he frolicked with adolescent girls between traveling through Havana in a (stolen) Mercedes also gifted him by Castro.
Heres Cuban-exile author Roberto Luque Escalona, briefly an Amnesty International prisoner of conscience who escaped Cuba in 1992:
Only a five star-scoundrel would put his literary fame in the service of a cause as vile and malignant as the Castro tyranny. Simple frivolity cannot possibly justify an embrace so long and strong as the one Garcia-Marquez gave someone who devastated a nation, murdered thousands, jailed and tortured tens of thousands dispersed an entire nation and debased the rest.
Now lets hear from some people who fate allowed a more detached view of Gabriel Garcia Marquez than Arenas and Luque Escalona: Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
I once had the privilege to meet him in Mexico, President Obama was quoted in Politico last week, where he presented me with an inscribed copy that I cherish to this day. As a proud Colombian, a representative and voice for the people of the Americas, and as a master of the 'magic realism' genre, he has inspired so many others .I offer my thoughts to his family and friends, whom I hope take solace in the fact that Gabos work will live on for generations to come."
"I was saddened to learn of the passing of Gabriel García Márquez, mourned Bill Clinton. From the time I read 'One Hundred Years of Solitude' more than 40 years ago, I was always amazed by his unique gifts of imagination, clarity of thought, and emotional honesty. I was honored to be his friend and to know his great heart and brilliant mind for more than 20 years."
In an interview with Frances Le Monde in 1981 Garcia-Marquez remarked that, "the problem with visiting men like Fidel Castro is that one winds up loving them too much." A few years earlier he was denouncing the desperate Vietnamese boat-people as war-criminals, Yankee-lackeys and worse.
Gabriel Garcia-Marquez shared all of Fidel Castros hatred against the U.S., a passion that contributed much to their long and warm friendship. Given this rabid hatred for the nation that elected them, youd really think--especially given white house speech writing budgets-- that these U.S. Presidents could have found a way to express their admiration for Garcia Marquez art without so warmly embracing the wretched artist himself.
But maybe the 1984 hit by The Eurythmics nailed the Democratic presidential mindset: Some of them want to be abused.
I found 100 Years of Solitude to be a steaming pile of dung. It was painful to finish. I seriously doubt that Bill Clinton ever read it, though it does have some pervy parts, so maybe he skimmed over those.
The idea of a small, isolated hamlet repeating its own history seems like a captivating background for a novel. The often cited use of “magical realism” seems promising in the early parts of the novel, but leads nowhere, and adds nothing to the end result. It’s a gimmick that provides a hook, where plot (like some sort of conflict) and character development (you have to care about the characters for that to matter) are missing. How good is a work if the reader doesn’t really care about what’s on the next page?
Then there’s the political overtones. Ugh. They are slightly muted, but predictable. The idea of history being an inevitable cycle is a clue.
Exactly. If you’re a raving leftist, somehow moral standards are just -well,different - for you.
I remember the hysterical lamentation on the death of Rafael Alberti, a Latin American born leftist who lived in Spain and wrote lousy predictable poetry and stories. He had actually participated in show trials at the “chekas,” the “revolutionary” prisons established by the communists during the Spanish Civil War. They did things like drag even faintly conservative journalists out of their homes at night and shoot them, go after those dangerous Catholic lay leaders, etc. But if you’re a leftist, that’s cool; it’s a sign of your commitment to intellectual freedom. Communist style, that is.
That's an easy one.For the same reason that we saw *this*
...in Osama Obama's Houston campaign office in '08.
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