Cosas Que Leo #181: A RUMOR OF WAR, Philip Caputo

“But the manner of dying no longer mattered. I didn’t care how death came as long as it came quickly and painlessly. I would die as casually as a beetle is crushed under a boot heel, and perhaps it was the recognition of my insect-like pettiness that had made me stop caring. I was a beetle. We were all beetles, scratching for survival in the wilderness. Those who had lost the struggle had not changed anything by dying. The deaths of Levy, Simpson, Sullivan, and the others had not made any difference. Thousands of people died each week in the war, and the sum of all their deaths did not make any difference. The war went on without them, and as it went on without them, so would go on without me. My death would not alter a thing. Walking down the trail, I could not remember having felt an emotion more sublime or liberating than that indifference toward my own death.”

A rumor of war

PHILIP CAPUTO

Picador, 1996 (publicado originalmente en 1977)

356 págs.

Cosas Que Leo #163: MUSS / EL GRAN IMBÉCIL, Curzio Malaparte

“Su gusto por el uniforme militar le gastaba unas bromas de lo más divertidas. Cuando los hombros iban de uniforme, la tripa iba de civil. Cuando las piernas de uniforme, los brazos de civil. Y el trasero no iba nunca de militar ni de civil. El Gran Imbécil nunca se dio cuenta de que tenía un trasero gordo, un tafanario de portera, lo que se dice un culón.”

Muss / El Gran Imbécil

CURZIO MALAPARTE

Sexto Piso, 2013 (escritos originalmente entre 1936 y 1943)

148 págs.

Traducción de Juan Ramón Azaola

Cosas Que Leo #110: GERMS, GUNS AND STEEL, Jared Diamond

“The difference between a kleptocrat and a wise stateman, between a robber baron and a public benefactor, is merely one of degree: a matter of how large a percentage of the tribute extracted from producers is retained by the elite, and how much the commoners like the public uses to which the redistributed tribute is put. We consider president Mobutu of Zaire a kleptocrat because he keeps too much tribute (the equivalent of billions of dollars) and redistributes too little tribute (no functioning telephone system in Zaire). We consider George Washington a statesman because he spent tax money on widely admired programs and did not enrich himself as president. Nevertheless, George Washington was born into wealth, which is more unequally distributed in the United States than in New Guinea villages.”

Guns, germs and steel; the fates of human societies

JARED DIAMOND

Norton, 1997

471 págs.