L’aigua és això, de David Foster Wallace, per Jaume Comas

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Jaume Comas, historiador i actor 

Us recomano la relectura de L’aigua és això, del malaguanyat escriptor nord-americà David Foster Wallace (Edicions del Periscopi, ISBN 9788494173745). Rellegiu-lo, sí, sense presses, perquè cal entrar pacientment en la proposta sàvia que ens fa l’autor d’escoltar-nos a nosaltres mateixos. Per saber pensar, per aprendre’n, cal sinceritat. No n’hi a prou de dissecar el que ens envolta. El món real se’ns mostra divers i contradictori i l’hem d’entomar tal com ve, però sense deixar-nos arrossegar per la inèrcia que ens imposa la interferència dels altres. Triem, reconsiderem, no acceptem l’obvietat. I sobretot escoltem-nos sense prejudicis, esperançats amb la intuïció de saber que malgrat tot disposem d’un racó de consciència, potser de nàufrags tan sols, però que encara pot salvar-nos de nosaltres mateixos, perquè no hem acabat de perdre la mirada compassiva i, per tant, el gest humanitari. Aprendre a pensar és viure la llibertat, és a dir, un repte quotidià d’atenció, consciència, disciplina, esforç i solidaritat. I l’enemic declarat d’aquest aprenentatge és l’esclavitud de la inconsciència, la indiferència, és a dir, viure sense esma o amb la sensació angoixant, inassumible, d’haver perdut alguna cosa irrecuperable. DFW amb dues paràboles simples (l’una sobre peixos, l’altre sobre esquimals) i una exposició precisa —excel•lent traducció de Ferran Ràfols Gesa—, amb lògica contundent i enlluernadora, ens obre de bat a bat la necessitat de pensar. Sense concessions a l’ornament, defugint tota retòrica embellidora, el text ens percudeix vibrant i captivador per la sinceritat amb què ens interpel·la i fa que ens emmirallem a la nostra pròpia consciència i ens acarem a l’ofici indefugible d’aprendre a pensar. Si us xuclen els reptes vitals i el risc intel•lectual us enverina no us perdeu aquest llibre. Regaleu-vos-el. Insisteixo. Per poc que pugueu no deixeu de rellegir-lo.

Per citar l’article: Comas, J. (2016)L’aigua és això, de David Foster Wallace, d’Svetlana Alexièvitx. Catxipanda, (2)Recuperat (data de visualització), a http://catxipanda.tothistoria.cat/Cx2Ls

 

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