April 24, 2014
Writers going to Paris tagged as K
Writers found themselves embroiled in a controversy yesterday between the Kirchnerite administration and media, after it was revealed that some critical writers were not included in the list of authors that will attend the Salon du Livre in Paris, where the country will be a guest of honour next month.
Journalist María O’Donnell criticized the media coverage, saying that it was reductionist to classify all the writers who will be travelling to Paris as Kirchnerites or allies.
In fact, it would be difficult to describe some of the writers, such as poet Diana Bellessi, Luis Chitarroni or the novelist Claudia Piñeyro as Kirchnerite supporters.
Journalist and writer Martín Caparrós yesterday took part in the controversy when he was interviewed by Jorge Lanata, the Clarín Group’s star.
“I used to tell my editors that I was not going to be invited to Paris because in the country’s cultural policies, culture does not matter a hook, and neither does politics. What matters is politicking,” Caparrós — a journalist critical of the Kirchnerite administration — said.
“I don’t want to go on a shopping tour. I appreciate that the government did not force me to share a meeting or a discussion with (journalist and political scientist) Hernán Brienza,” Caparrós said ironically. Brienza was one of the journalists who interviewed the president last year.
Writer Jorge Asís, a supporter of former president Carlos Menem, was not invited either. He said that the writers included in the list were part of a “literary Cristinism,” making reference to their support to President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s administration.
Some of the authors that next month will be travelling to Paris are Herald contributor Mempo Giardinelli, Horacio González (head of the National Library) and essayist José Pablo Feinmann, among others.