“Culture has always been an instrument of social control. There are too many ceremonies, events, exhibitions, museums and openings” (Rafael Sanchez Ferlosio)
Words of author by Rafael Sanchez Ferlosio (Rome, 1927-Madrid, 2019) in a meeting with journalists on November 24, 2009 after winning the National Prize for Literature: “Culture has always been an instrument of social control. There are too many ceremonies, events, exhibitions, museums and openings”.
It was in a neighbourhood of Prosperidad, but the gathering that Rafael Sanchez Ferlosio had in the bar “El Universo” was a “cosmogony of brilliance”, with intellectuals, academics and journalists who came to listen to “the last classic of the 20th century”, lucid analyst and meticulous of life.
The writer and philosopher Luis Martinez de Velasco explained to EFE in “El Universo”, at Calle Suero de Quiñones, where Sanchez-Ferlosio lived for 30 years, that every Saturday, they met mid-morning writers, philosophers and journalists such as Antonio Colinas, Tomas Pollan, Eugenio Gallego or Miguel Angel Aguilar and there could be “two or three hours” talking about countless issues.
“His wife, Demetria Chamorro, always said ‘if it were not for his pampering…’ She didn’t go to the bar so much but they could be seen together in the neighbourhood”, reminds Martinez de Velasco.
Sanchez Ferlosio – he explains – had rented “a hovel” in his building to which he went down to write wearing a coat but he always went down the street, even in summer, in a suit because, he said, he was “unthermic”.
The journalist and writer Alfredo J. Ramos, known by Sanchez Ferlosio and “very friend” of Marta, the daughter he had with Carmen Martin Gaite and who died in 1985, reminded in statements to EFE that in recent years, the writer was “quite knackered, I went with oxygen bottle and he moved with more difficulty every time.”
He predicts “the trunk of unpublished works” by Sanchez Ferlosio, whom he describes as “a very meticulous guy, interested in the present”, who looked “with a magnifying glass”, will be “like Pessoa’s”, that is, voluminous.
“We aren’t aware of this but it’s probably the last classic of twentieth century Spanish literature: his presence has always been very noticeable in the neighborhood, we are all very proud of it.”
Pedro Bermejo, assistant in the bookstore of the neighborhood “El Buscón”, specialized in works of philosophy, is very proud to have known him and that he once said that if he ever went to the Book Fair he would only do it in the stand of that business.
“Here, Ferlosio used to come to participate in philosophical gatherings and workshops, although in recent years no longer, only his wife, Demetria, came to do book assignments on his behalf. Demetria also usually comes with the granddaughter, Laura, of Asian origin.”
“Ferlosio’s is a very peculiar family, which reminds the Panero family, of Falangist father -Rafael Sanchez Maza- to three children ‘outsiders’ among whom there is an anarchist singer-songwriter -in reference to Chicho-, a mathematician, and Rafael, a writer who was also a fan of mathematics.”
“There are at least two Trueba films about the family, “Soldados de Salamina” about the father, and a documentary by Fernando Trueba about Chicho”, he added.
hay poca cantidad de algo.
hay un número excesivo de algo.
hay carencia de algo.
controla la educación.
controla a la sociedad.
controla la economía.
la ceremonia de clausura de un acto.
el cierre de un local.
la ceremonia de apertura de un acto.
eso nunca ha sido así.
ahora eso así.
eso siempre ha sido así.