“Simples contrariedades”, by Carlos Casares

I think that I have already mentioned here the weakness I feel for small things. I prefer a minuscule church, if possible one of those humble pre Romanesque chapels of which we have plenty in the province of Ourense and which have the moving simplicity of barns, to any of our big cathedrals. The same happens with football. Whoever is playing, I always side with the less powerful teams, which almost always means that I am doomed never to celebrate any victory.
This is an aesthetic weakness rather than an ideological trick. If I don’t like empires and love small countries, it is not for political reasons (I really don’t bother) but because I find the former rather clumsy, with the excessive awkwardness of elephants, for example, and not with witty grace of mice.
Needless to say, this preference of mine is not in tune with today’s aesthetics, where large is trendier than small: immense fortunes, enormous words, solemn bearings… I have even just read that in literature, that kingdom of the useless and unnecessary, only transcendental sorrows and not small misfortunes find a place. This is true. It is not easy to imagine a tragedy that is constructed upon simple annoyances. However, we all know how important it can be, at any given moment, to lack a cigarette, run out of petrol or not to find the keys.

From the end of the Middle Ages to the present day, we have passed from a time when Galician had disappeared from writing, to a time when hundreds of new titles are being published every year, or when newspapers include news and collaborations within their pages. Carlos Casares was one of the most representative writers of Galician literature in the final decades of the 20th century and a popular writer of articles. His articles, published in the newspaper La Voz de Galicia, ensured that thousands of readers would everyday read his article that was written in Galician.


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