Chile’s secret history

04 Apr

Chile's historyI had an interest in the social aspect, in the ways that a person can contribute to their community and here I am, suddenly doing something that seems to make sense to many, helping to foster reflection on our past, our identity and our present through a noble vehicle: the history of this country, helping to build a bridge between our life as a country, our historians and ordinary people, like me, seems like a dream.
This is the balance that the writer Jorge Bardot (The interior war, Sync) makes of the last three years, in which he was dedicated almost exclusively to write the trilogy Secret History of Chile. An ambitious nonfiction work whose first two titles have sold 200 thousand copies to date; something completely atypical in a market like Chile. And that now closes with the arrival of the third installment to the national bookstores, with a first edition of 30 thousand copies, edited by Sudamericana.
A literary adventure that left no one indifferent and that more than once earned him harsh criticism. Some people do not understand that raising different points of view is not ‘destroy our values and our heroes’, but open the discussion, review and reflection on aspects not very touched massively and urgently need to be put on the table to understand each other better That there is a debt between our history and ordinary people, a distance that is urgent to shorten, says Baradit.History is political, it must be constantly discussed and reviewed, it is not written in marble and it is always changing with new research and discoveries, it is essential that it be on our contingent discussion table because it is finally reflected and it is about today, adds . The official presentation of Secret History of Chile 3 in whose pages are addressed episodes such as the burning of the Church of La Campania, the role of African slaves in the Independence, the fate of José Miguel Carrere’s corpse and the rebellion that Maria Anita Veritahi headed on Easter Island, among others will be this Wednesday, September 6, at 7:00 p.m., in room A1 of the GAM, and will be in charge of the historian Maria Jose Cumplido and the writer Francisco Ortega. If in the second book of Secret History of Chile there was a rather political emphasis, the latter seems to focus much more on the social. As such, it is imperative that the groups that have been postponed and the invisibilized begin to appear so that history belongs to all of us. In this book, we use historical events to make women, gays, workers, artists, immigrants, and women appear.
the slaves, among others Our history is sick of military men and presidents, as if the country had been built only with weapons and decrees Gabriela Mistral does not belong to the history of Chilean literature, but to the history of Chile, like Elias Laffite or Luis Emilio Recabarren or the massacre of La Corunna does not belong to the history of social movements, but to the pure and hard history, together with Part and Portales, almost nothing we know about women in our history, little more of the creation of mancomunales, mutual aid societies, schools and other institutions created by the Chilean workers The history that my generation knows is institutional, speaks from the Money and from the barracks, not from the citizenship.
What do you think was the most complicated chapter to investigate this third installment? Perhaps that of the massacre of the La Corunna nitrate office in 1925, during the Alessandria government, there is very little information about it, the newspapers were scandalously tendentious and the printing presses of the workers’ movements were closed and their workers persecuted. Loose, some books that mention it and a lot of work to do, but above all, for a personal question: my grandfather was a miner of saltpeter and all the stories about it touch me with a fiber that I cannot avoid. I am a writer, not a historian, in what I write there is not only information, but also blood and a clear position in front of what happened.
If you had to choose only one historical episode of all those you tackled in these three years, to develop it more extensively in a single book, which one would you choose? The chain of blood acts committed by the Chilean State against its own people during the 20th century, a State that at the beginning did not recognize its workers as an integral part of society, kept them away from their policies as if They were animals and chased and killed them using their armed wing from Iquique to Punta Arenas in a series of chilling massacres that exceed thirty opportunities, some of them using cannons and machine guns designed to pierce the hulls of ships.
Our workers, despised and despised by some high class who are not ashamed to repeat with their teeth that ‘they should have killed them all’, even today This geography of the blood is our history, our country is built on the bones of workers and remember not it is to open old wounds, it is to make history that if it serves something, it is to not repeat those mistakes.
When closing Chile’s secret history, what episodes do you think were left out and should have been included? I understood that a writer of Capuche origin was preparing a kind of ‘Secret History of the Araucaria’ and that is why I avoided touching the subject, but it seems that no longer, I would have loved to touch a theme that is the quintessential example of how History is not something that belongs to museums, but it is alive and operating, always.
And what are your next projects? Will you continue to explore nonfiction? There are projects on fiction and nonfiction, in editorials and television channels, for now, my immediate project is to rest a couple of weeks after the launch, because it has been four years without rest and the bill is already happening.

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