quarta-feira, dezembro 31, 2008
Llega a los 90 (amanhã)Como soldado de infantería, Salinger participó en el desembarco aliado en Normandía, en 1944, y durante sus primeros meses en Europa se las arregló para escribir cuentos. De sus mayores, Salinger consideraba a Ernest Hemingway, a quien conoció en París, y a John Steinbeck como escritores de segunda categoría, pero expresó su admiración por Herman Melville.So what has Mr. Salinger been doing for the last 40 years? The question obsesses Salingerologists, of whom there are still a great many, and there are all kinds of theories. He hasn’t written a word. Or he writes all the time and, like Gogol at the end of his life, burns the manuscripts. Or he has volumes and volumes just waiting to be published posthumously.
Joyce Maynard, who lived with Mr. Salinger in the early ’70s, wrote in a 1998 memoir that she had seen shelves of notebooks devoted to the Glass family and believed there were at least two new novels locked away in a safe.“Hapworth 16, 1924,” as it appeared in The New Yorker.What makes “Hapworth” so fascinating, though, is that it’s the only work of Mr. Salinger’s in which the voice is not secure, as the young Seymour fidgets first with one tone and then with another — by turns earnest, anxious, playful and sarcastic. In effect he’s always revising himself. He worries about his spirituality and then skewers his fellow campers. He wants to be like Jesus, and he wants to sleep with Mrs. Happy. He yearns to be left alone, and is desperate to be noticed. He wants to be a saint, and even if he can’t quite admit it yet, he wants to be a great author. Intentionally or not, he seems like a projection of his creator.
Another way to pose the Glass problem is: How do you make art for an audience, or a critical establishment, too crass to understand it? This is the issue that caused Seymour to give up, presumably, and one is tempted to say it’s what soured Mr. Salinger on wanting to see anything else in print.
posted by Luís Miguel Dias quarta-feira, dezembro 31, 2008