Anatomia de un instante Anatomy of a Moment (Spanish by Javier Cercas

By Javier Cercas

«Este libro es un ensayo en forma de crónica o una crónica en forma de ensayo. Este libro no es una ficción. Este libro es los angeles anatomía de un instante: el instante en que Adolfo Suárez permaneció sentado en los angeles tarde del 23 de febrero de 1981, mientras las balas de los golpistas zumbaban a su alrededor en el hemiciclo del Congreso de los Diputados y todos los demás parlamentarios -todos menos dos: el basic Gutiérrez Mellado y Santiago Carrillo- buscaban refugio bajo sus escaños. Este libro es l. a. crónica de ese gesto y l. a. crónica de un golpe de estado y l. a. crónica de unos años decisivos en los angeles historia de España. Este libro es un libro inclasificable. Un libro único.» Javier Cercas ENGLISH DESCRIPTION a colourful, demanding, and targeted story that starts examining like a criminal offense novel and finally ends up like a piece of terror. “This ebook is an essay within the kind of a chronicle, or a chronicle within the type of an essay. This e-book is the anatomy of an quick: the moment within which Adolfo Suárez stayed seated at the afternoon of February 23, 1981, whereas the bullets of the coup whizzed round him at the ground of the home of Representatives and all of the different contributors of Parliament—all other than : common Gutiérrez Mellado and Santiago Carrillo—sought safe haven below their seats. This booklet is the account of a coup d’état and the document of a few decisive years within the historical past of Spain. This publication is an unclassifiable booklet. a different book.” —Javier Cercas

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El 20 de febrero, tres días antes del golpe, Ricardo Paseyro, corresponsal de París Match en Madrid, escribía: «La situación económica de España roza la catástrofe, el terrorismo aumenta, el escepticismo respecto a las instituciones y sus representantes hiere profundamente el alma del país, el Estado se desmorona bajo el asalto del feudalismo y de los excesos autonómicos, y la política exterior española es un fiasco»; concluía: «En el aire se huele el golpe de estado, el pronunciamiento». Todo el mundo sabía que podía ocurrir, pero nadie o casi nadie sabía el cuándo, el cómo y el dónde; en cuanto al quién, no eran precisamente candidatos a dar un golpe de estado lo que faltaba en el ejército, aunque es seguro que apenas irrumpió el teniente coronel Tejero en el hemiciclo todos o casi todos los diputados debieron de reconocerle de inmediato, porque su cara había ocupado las páginas de los periódicos desde que, a mediados de noviembre de 1978, Diario 16 dio la noticia de que había sido detenido por planear un golpe consistente en secuestrar al gobierno reunido en consejo de ministros en el palacio de la Moncloa y aprovechar el vacío de poder para tomar el control del estado; tras su detención, Tejero fue sometido a juicio, pero la condena que le impuso el tribunal militar acabó siendo irrisoria y pocos meses más tarde ya estaba otra vez en libertad y en situación de disponible forzoso, es decir sin una ocupación profesional concreta, es decir sin otra ocupación que organizar los preparativos de su segunda intentona con la máxima reserva y contando con el mínimo número de personas, lo que debía impedir la filtración que dio al traste con la primera.

El protagonizado hacía poco en Turquía por el general Evren o el protagonizado en España poco más de un siglo atrás por el general Pavía ? con operaciones políticas en teoría constitucionales. Era una mezcla tramposa, letal; de esa mezcla surgió el 23 de febrero: las operaciones políticas fueron la placenta que nutrió el golpe, suministrándole argumentos y coartadas; al discutir sin disimulo la posibilidad de ofrecer el gobierno a un militar o de pedir ayuda a los militares con el fin de escapar del embrollo, la clase dirigente entreabrió la puerta de la política a un ejército que clamaba por intervenir en la política para destruir la democracia, y el 23 de febrero el ejército irrumpió por esa puerta en tromba.

Si no me engaño, apenas se han publicado un par de novelas centradas de lleno en el golpe del 23 de febrero; como novelas no son gran cosa, pero una de ellas tiene el interés añadido de que su autor es Josep Meliá, un periodista que fue un crítico acerbo de Suárez antes de convertirse en uno de sus colaboradores más cercanos. Operando al modo de un novelista, en determinado momento de su relato Meliá se pregunta qué fue en lo primero que pensó Suárez al oír el primer disparo en el hemiciclo; se responde: en la portada del día siguiente de The New York Times.

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