Charles Bukowski sobre la censura

En 1985, una biblioteca pública removió de su colección el libro de Charles Bukowski “Tales of Ordinary Madness”, una re-publicación de algunos de los cuentos que en español se tradujeron en su versión original: “Erecciones, eyaculaciones, exhibiciones”. La razón de la censura fue que consideraron que la obra era muy sádica, ocasionalmente sadista y discriminatoria de ciertos grupos, incluyendo a los homosexuales. La obra de Bukowski, de hecho, es parte de una corriente contemporánea de la literatura estadounidense que puede considerarse sórdida, poco amigable y temperamental, pero no hay razón alguna que justifique la censura de una obra sólo porque se está en desacuerdo con lo que plantea.

Bukowski, sin embargo, respondió a un periodista de nombre Hans van den Broek sobre la opinión que le merecía la expulsión de su libro de la bilbioteca local. Aquí les copio un fragmento y la imagen del texto total:

In my work, as a writer, I only photograph, in words, what I see. If I write of “sadism” it is because it exists, I didn’t invent it, and if some terrible act occurs in my work it is because such things happen in our lives. I am not on the side of evil, if such a thing as evil abounds. In my writing I do not always agree with what occurs, nor do I linger in the mud for the sheer sake of it. Also, it is curious that the people who rail against my work seem to overlook the sections of it which entail joy and love and hope, and there are such sections. My days, my years, my life has seen up and downs, lights and darknesses. If I wrote only and continually of the “light” and never mentioned the other, then as an artist I would be a liar.

Censorship is the tool of those who have the need to hide actualities from themselves and from others. Their fear is only their inability to face what is real, and I can’t vent any anger against them. I only feel this appalling sadness. Somewhere, in their upbringing, they were shielded against the total facts of our existence. They were only taught to look one way when many ways exist.

De Bukowski tenemos varios títulos en la colección. Quizá la mejor obra sea Cartero, pero eso siempre está sujeto a discusión.

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