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|by Prof. Shubha Tiwari|
Nobel Lecture by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Marquez begins his lecture hitting directly on the nail. He begins with he account of Latin America actually was the description resembles fantasy in today's perception. He simply begins with an implied statement that this fantasy like beautiful and rich land was reduced to a state of after penury by the hungry colonizers. What Marquez underlines is that co-existence, love and trust were the main themes of life in the pre-colonial era. The killing instinct of the colonizer was something entirely unknown to the natives. His words are a simple challenge to the Darwinian Law of the survival of the fittest.
Marquez lives in what he calls 'our reality' in the pre-colonial period. His lecture straightaway begins with 'fountains of eternal youth', unfathomed mysteries' and hens with tiny lumps of gold.
I find irony in these words. How the so called civilized world is entertained by 'unearthly' land and its people, out for sale, out to entertain and enliven the dull lives of rich men and women. The rich nations need situations and people whom they can actually pity; no matter they themselves have been the cause of the ruin of the pitiable masses. This is Marquez's cry against the unjust world-order. Marquez goes on to describe the bare facts of the loss, murders, ethnocide forced migration and missing of millions and millions of Latin American children, men and women. His soul purpose in giving this lecture is to thrust, record and imprint the tragedy of Latin America on the psyche of the world. He says boldly,
We just cannot miss the sheer beauty of the worlds, the force and depth of expression and the genuineness of the sentiment Marquez points out the vacuum in which Latin Americans live. That is the reason why the title of the lecture is 'The Solitude of Latin America.' The rich, mysterious, occult and unfathomable past o one hand and utter penury, lack of self-respect and state of disfigured mentality today-these two poles put the Latin Americans in tongue less Solitude and loneliness. They are in a bewildered state. After being repeatedly looted years after years, they do not know where they stand or what they should say. This is a pathetic state indeed.
Marquez urges the European world to 'reconsider their ways of seeing us.' Every nation has its own agenda or should have its own priorities and also techniques of achieving its desired aims. Marquez uses beautiful phrase 'solidarity with our dreams.' One's dreams are one's own every nation should stand by its own dreams.
Marquez develops the thought in this historic speech in a skillful manner. In the end, he comes to tools of mass destruction accumulated by prosperous countries. In fact, it is an irony of life that struggling nations show more faith in life then rich and powerful nations. The rich nations have crated the scientific possibility of destruction of all forms of life within moments. Marquez refers to William Faulkner who refuses to accept the end of man. Inventors of tales, Marquez also presents the ideals that humanity can follow and achieve in the days to come,
This is a very powerful lecture by Marquez which shakes our faith in basic tenets of modern civilization. Each word spoken by the author demand repeated pondering. How democratic is our democracy? Perhaps the process of so called growth has not been all-inclusive and assimilative. The aspirations of the marginalized cultures do not find any expression in the mainstream consciousness of today. If we want to live in a happy peaceful and secure world, we will have to listen to all societies of the world, the current world-order is unjust and lop-sided. It needs to be changed. Hierarchal thinking needs to be changed. Sectarian attitude needs to be changed. The very concept of a civilized and cultured society must change.
Note: All the quoted lines have been taken from Nobel Lecture by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 1982 Nobel Lectures, Literature 1981-1990, Editor- in-charge Tore Frangsmyr, Editor Sture Allen, World Scientific Publishing Co, Singapore, 1993.
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