Sacramento de la guerra

Sacramento de la guerra

Sacramento de la guerra
Dahbar
Septiembre 2018
210
Trade (Tapa blanda)
9789804250286

Un joven venezolano que se ha acercado a Israel desde los libros se encuentra, en 1973, en una trinchera de los Altos del Golán, peleando en el ejército de ese país la Guerra del Yom Kippur. Todo lo que ha leído y vivido hasta ahora está siendo sometido a prueba, como lo está también todo lo que él es, todo lo que en él respira, late, se mueve, dispara. El lector de esta novela debe entonces seguir a Daniel mientras se hace preguntas que atraviesan la cultura occidental, que miran al pasado y al presenta, que cuestionan las verdades de la religión y el imperio de la carne, mientras las balas de los soldados sirios zumban sobre su cabeza y el sol del Mediterráneo rebote sobre las armas de las caídos.

Las empatía de Ricardo Bello con el pueblo de Israel y las tradiciones del judaísmo, así como con el pueblo palestino y las bellezas del islam, su búsqueda de una perspectiva humanista inspirada por su devoción católica y su amplia cultura, dan a esta obra un valor testimonial y de reflexión que, estamos seguros, encontrará un lugar en la curiosidad de todos aquellos que buscan la justicia, la igualdad y la libertad, sin las cuales ningún conflicto tiene solución.

Con esta novela, el ensayista y narrador venezolano Ricardo Bello se aproxima a un conjunto de grandes interrogantes desde varias perspectivas, siempre con la doble mirada de la experiencia vital y del rigor intelectual.”

Bullets kept hitting all around him. His platoon buddy lay dead, his face shattered by a projectile. Unrecognizable, but it was him. Minutes ago they had exchanged shouts, trying to find the sniper that kept them immobilized. An unbearable silence, a torrent of screams that could not find expression, a wild and dark river that drowned him in the blood of Ari, his best friend in the last weeks of induction, before being sent to the front. Everything could be lost in a moment: his future, the commitment to fight and risk his life, placing the survival of Israel above his personal well-being or the worries of his family, horrified when they knew of his decision. He had never been so sure of something like when the war broke out that Saturday, October 6, 1973. He knew right away that he would have to go and fight. What he did not expect was the shocking violence of the invasion, which seemed to break the universe, annihilating any possibility of coexistence. If he did not keep calm, if he did not recover his full presence of mind, he would die in a few seconds. If he failed to make the right decision quickly, they would also find his body, two more victims in a war about to bury his best opportunity of living a personal project worth dying for. And that was exactly what was happening; he was close to be another corpse. Daniel remembered Simone Weil’s commentary on the Iliad they had studied in class: war is a process that transforms men into things. You take something alive, with consciousness and a certain freedom of movement and you destroy it, you turn it into an inert object, little different from a stone or a chair, useless, unable to fulfill any function other than whipping the executioner with guilt. No murderer suspects the consequences of his act, no soldier thinks of flowers over his grave.”

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