Encyclopedia of exile and memory

Antonio Muñoz Molina (b. 1956) belongs to a generation of Spanish authors who after the military rule started to pose questions on what really had happened in the country’s recent past. For him, a man in the contemporary Spanish society is isolated from and unaware of history and time. A fundamental key to fight it is to pass narrations on... While Spain is reticently starting to debate about its grim decades, Muñoz Molina assesses that the artists have been substantially more active in digging the difficult silenced years than the political elite that would rather focus on creating a modern Spanish society, looking at the future only. We met Muñoz Molina at his Madrid home to discuss his ideas of Spanish reconciliation as well as his book Sefarad, a collection of stories of individual experiences of exile, persecution, discrimination, frustration and suffering.
Published in Helsingin Sanomat in 2007

photo by stefano buonamici