In these days of confusion and timid political hope, as some have called it, it occurs to me to make some literary suggestions about the Catalan conflict . They may well serve as a guide to those interested in the debate that comes upon them having intellectual roots rather than those of pure opportunism.
Also the poets, like Maragall or Espriu and the abundant historiography about it. If the non-Catalan negotiators ignore all this at this point, it would be enough to understand to what extent the discussion focuses on partisan and short-term interests.
I prefer to emphasize relatively recent publications, especially those that came to light from 2018 as a result of the events of October of the previous year. Previously, works deserving of attention appeared today as they highlight that we are facing a relatively easy situation to predict.
This is clear from the conversation between Felipe González and Miquel Roca that Lluís Bassets created almost a decade ago under the title of Can we still understand each other? Perhaps if we had followed some of the orientations that were made there we would have saved later tribulations.
A constitutional reform was imperative, but he pointed out the difficulties given that “we lack the hopes and fears” that made the Transition possible. By the same dates Xavier Vidal Folch, in his Catalonia against Spain, he premonitoryly doubted the effectiveness of article 155, otherwise applied as inexperienced and chaotic as we could all appreciate, and pointed to Jordi Pujol as the refounder of the Catalan nation.
The work of Professor Alejandro Nieto on The military rebellion of the Generalitat of Catalonia against the Republic was also published . His reading gave me the impression that, in short, the steps taken in the recent processby Esquerra Republicana they are not very different from those that Macià and Companys carried out, although finally the October 1934 revolution assumed armed violence against the Republican Government.
Since then I have been accompanied by the feeling that the threats of the current political leadership of Catalonia have been nothing more than an imitation of that adventure. There were more than 3,000 detainees and more than 1,000 defendants.