Column | Talent and pedophilia

The storm was unleashed in France by the alleged pedophilia of a writer of renown, is a healthy revisionism of these times. Editor Vanessa Springora, in a book

Column | Talent and pedophilia

The storm was unleashed in France by the alleged pedophilia of a writer of renown, is a healthy revisionism of these times. Editor Vanessa Springora, in a book published during the first week of the year, portrays the writer Gabriel Matzneff as a child molester who seduced her when she was only 14 years old and he had already turned 50. The book is entitled, very symbolically, Le Consentement (“consent”) and Matzneff, who is now 83 years old, has already announced that it won't read because it's not recognized as a predator and because of his with Springora was a “beautiful love story”. She, for her part, admits that he fell fulminada by the charms of the mature and bright Matzneff, but 30 years later, half of France, as the editor, has decided to call things by their name.

The library is a boomerang-effective in this story. It was on march 2, 1990, when in the famous cultural programme Apostrophes Gabriel Matzneff explained with some arrogance in his “fixation” by the minors and their sexual relations with them. One of his essays was titled, in fact, Under the age of sixteen. Both the fellow members as the audience listened to that with pleasure, even with laughter. Only the canadian author Denise Bombardier rebuked him, which earned him after harsh criticism. “At least, he knows to write”, I have come to espect.

Today all of this cause you embarrassment. The publisher Gallimard has withdrawn the diaries of the writer, and the historical presenter of Apostrophes, Bernard Pivot has asked for excuses for not stopping that day to Matzneff. The French Government defends Vanessa Springora. On the contrary, some sectors of the extreme right have been asked to leave Matzneff quiet his 83 years, with a magnanimity unjust in front of the restlessness vital of victims to the men as he stole the childhood and self-esteem.

paedophilia has traditionally been denied and accepted with irritating complacency. Not only in France. It is paradigmatic the case of Vladimir Nabokov. He projected his profile of a victim of a relative, abuser, the central character in Lolita. However, a large part of the collective imagination perverted the story and became a Lolita in a playful slut willing to seduce a lonely and tormented fifty year old.

Gabriel Matzneff has been defended in a long letter sent to the Express, but their excuses —“it was a crazy love”— no longer serve. The power, whether in the Church, the teaching or the world of the show, it does not guarantee impunity as before. Nor the talent and excellence in the art. Matzneff accuses Vanessa Sprindora want to send you to the kettle fucking in the cooked characters such as Woody Allen or Roman Polanski. Yes, it is, in effect, the world is posed that perhaps that is the better destination for many. Because, as we would say in Spanish vulgar, no longer strained.

Updated Date: 20 January 2020, 11:00

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