Labordeta en The Guardian

martes, octubre 5, 2010 13:54
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Ayer Aragoneame.com estio o primer meyo aragones en meter una referencia a l’articlo que o diario britanico The Guardian eba feito sobre Labordeta. Cal adibir ixa referencia, important, a tota la lista de referencias en a prensa mundial que s’han feito sobre a muerte de José Antonio Labordeta. L’articlo ye escrito por Michael Eaude, que encara que en The Guardian parixe que nomas fa que os obituarios de ciudadans espanyols, tiene bells libros publicaus sobre politica cultural en Espanya, Catalunya, o sobre presonalidatz culturals espanyolas.

L’articlo completo ye en José Antonio Labordeta obituary, pero tos pego aqui bellas frases que endican que qui ha escrito isto sabeba de qui yera fablando y cuala estio a suya presencia reyal en a storia d’o pais.

Spanish poet, singer, MP and TV presenter who opposed Franco and championed Aragon.

He was most prominent in Aragon, then a forgotten, downtrodden part of north-eastern Spain, which Labordeta was to help rise again. “Dust, fog, wind and sun/ Where there’s water, a kitchen-garden,” he wrote in Aragón, a 1974 poem-song that has become an unofficial anthem for the region.

His concerts, for which he toured all of Aragon and much of Spain, became mass protest meetings. His strong and beautiful voice was sometimes yearning, sometimes melancholic, with curious but clear intonation. His Canto a la Libertad (Song to Freedom) became not only a cry against the Franco dictatorship, but was taken up in many Latin American countries. Labordeta’s Somos (We Are) was a hauntingly original ballad denouncing oppression and expressing hope in the future:We are the same as our land:

soft as clay, hard as rocks.

We’ve crossed time, leaving on the dry fields

the fullness of our struggle.

In 1972 he helped to found a fortnightly political-literary magazine, Andalán, which had a considerable impact on the revival of Aragonese leftwing politics. He co-founded the Partido Socialista de Aragón (Aragonese Socialist party) in 1976, but after this was swallowed by the Partido Socialista Obrero Español (Spanish Socialist Workers’ party), he joined the Communist party-led coalition Izquierda Unida (United Left) in the late 80s.

Finally he found a home for his socialist and ecologist politics in the Chunta Aragonesista (Aragonese Union), a leftwing Aragonese party. At the age of 65, he was elected as the Chunta’s only MP to Spain’s parliament and served two terms, from 2000 to 2008. Prominent in the successful fights against Spain’s participation in the Iraq invasion and against the transfer to southern Spain of waters from the Ebro river, he was a fresh and heterodox politician.

The wry and ironic Labordeta suggested that “¡A la mierda!” (which means, roughly, “Go to hell!”) should be his epitaph, but this honest and frank politician and poet will be best remembered for his songs, which contributed hugely to Aragon’s revival over the last four decades.

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  1. Bitacoras.com says:

    octubre 5th, 2010 at 14:00

    Información Bitacoras.com…

    Valora en Bitacoras.com: Ayer Aragoneame.com estio o primer meyo aragones en meter una referencia a l’articlo que o diario britanico The Guardian eba feito sobre Labordeta. Cal adibir ixa referencia, important, a tota la lista de referencias en a p……

  2. elbarzal says:

    octubre 5th, 2010 at 17:15

    Gracias por el post. Jo, qué grande y qué hermoso leer esto in The Guardian:
    We are the same as our land:
    soft as clay, hard as rocks.
    Escribir bien y preciso sobre Labordeta no lo han hecho muchos que están más cerca. Es un placer (casi increíble) leer ese artículo.

    Esprisions

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