Frases de Jorge Majfud
Data de nascimento: 10. Setembro 1969
Jorge Majfud é um escritor, romancista e ensaísta uruguaio, professor de Literatura Latino-americana na Universidade da Geórgia, Atlanta, EUA. Estudou arquitetura, graduando-se na Universidad de la República. Na atualidade, dedica-se integralmente à literatura e a seus artigos em diferentes meios de comunicação. Ensina literatura latino-americana na The University of Georgia, Estados Unidos.
Majfud é colaborador em jornais como El País e La República, de Montevidéu, além de Rebelion, Hispanic Culture Review, da Universidad George Mason, Resource Center, de Minneapolis, Milenio, do México, La Vanguardia, de Barcelona, Tiempos del Mundo, de Washington, Monthly Review e Political Affairs, de Nova York, Jornada, de La Paz, Página/12, de Buenos Aires, ViaPolítica e Tlaxcala, Radio Uruguay , Radio Nacional de Argentina , Radio Exterior de España, Radio Popolare Roma entre outros. É membro do Comitê Científico da revista Araucária, da Espanha, e de The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, dos Estados Unidos.Majfud recebeu vários prêmios em concursos literários internacionais. Entre eles: Menção Honrosa no XII Certamen Literario Argenta, Buenos Aires, 1999; Menção Prêmio Casa de las Américas, La Habana, Cuba 2001, pela novela La Reina de América e Excellence in Research Award, University of Georgia 2006 entre outros..
Suas obras foram traduzidas para o inglês, francês, português, alemão, grego, vasco e italiano.
Citações Jorge Majfud
„A relação que em nosso tempo nos une com o dinheiro é do todo abstrata. Nisso nossa sociedade se parece com a da Idade Média: tememos a um ente simbólico e invisível como há mil anos os homens temiam a Deus. Os valores das bolsas mudam sem nossa participação. Entre os valores e nós existe uma teologia do dinheiro chamada “economia” que, em geral, se encarrega de explicar racionalmente algo que não tem mais razão que poder simbólico.“
La relación que en nuestro tiempo nos une con el Dinero es del todo abstracta. En eso se parece nuestra sociedad a la del Medioevo: tememos a un ente simbólico e invisible, como hace mil años los hombres temían a Dios. Los valores de las bolsas cambian sin nuestra participación. Entre los valores y nosotros existe una teología del dinero llamada “economía” que, por lo general, se encarga de explicar racionalmente algo que no tiene más razón que poder simbólico.
"Teología del dinero" http://www.bitacora.com.uy/articulos/2002/noviembre/98/98general.htm Bitácora, diario La República de Uruguay (13 de noviembre de 2002)
"Rock Democracies, Paper Freedoms, Scissors Securities", Monthly Review (8 February 2007) http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2007/majfud080207.html
Contexto: Probably a form of radical democracy will be the next step humanity is ready to take. How will we know when this step is being produced? We need signs.
One strong sign will be when the administration of meaning ceases to lie in the hands of elites, especially of political elites. Representative democracy represents what is reactionary about our times. But direct democracy will not come about through any brusque revolution, led by individuals, since it is, by definition, a cultural process where the majority begins to claim and share social power. When this occurs, the parliaments of the world will be what the royals of England are today: an onerous adornment from the past, an illusion of continuity.
La globalización mestiza después de la crisis mundial http://www.letralia.com/108/articulo04.htm/ La República newspaper http://www.bitacora.com.uy/articulos/2003/febrero/110/principal.htm (February 2003)
Contexto: Before the great civil revolution there will be a deepening of the crisis of this obsolete order. This crisis will happen in almost all areas, from the political order to the economic, passing through the military. The Superpower is nowadays very fragile due to its military resources, with which it has mined the most strategic weapon of ancient diplomacy […] it won’t be able to resist an increasingly hostile context because its economy, base of its military power, will weaken in inverse proportion. Today it’s able to win any war, with or without allies, but the successive triumphs won’t be able to save it from a progressive erosion. The immediate result will be great global insecurity, although it will be overcome with the civil revolution. In this moment breaking point, the West will debate between greater military control or civil disobedience, which will be silent and anonymous, without leaders or warlords.
La ciudad de la Luna (2009)
Ciencia Política newspaper, Buenos Aires, (2008)
La generación FaceNoBook, Revista Alma Mater, La Habana (July 2012), p. 5
„When we talk about drugs, we blame the producers, not the consumers. But when we talk about weapons, we blame the consumers, no the producers. The reason consists, as I understand, in the place of power. In the case of drugs, the products are the others, not us; in the case of weapons, the consumers are the others; we limit ourselves to their production.“
La Jornada, México (2 May 2007) http://www.lajornadadeoriente.com.mx/2007/05/02/puebla/s1ret14.php
„The worst thing that can happen to a democracy is that its citizens leave the politics in the hands of politicians.“
Interviuri cu scriitor Jorge Majfud in Forumul Judecãtorilor (January 2014) http://www.juridice.ro/346346/revista-forumul-judecatorilor-nr-12014.html
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„There’s no better strategy against a true rumor than inventing another fake one that claims to confirm it.“
Memorias de un desaparecido (1996)
„It’s not by chance that most of the basketball players are tall men, nor that most of the transvestite are homosexuals. It’s also not a coincidence that most of those who hold the power are ambitious people. In other words, it’s not a coincidence that the world is ruled by people who shouldn’t rule.“
Critica de la pasión pura (1998)
„Somebody told me once that I couldn’t talk about religion because I wasn’t a religious man. I kept thinking for a moment because he was right about something: I am a religious spirit, but not a religious man because my mind doesn’t know about safety. Obviously, he was wrong about the rest. “Sir – I wanted to answer, not without shyness –, if Catholic priests have given marital advice since always and now they even give a sexual conduct class, why can’t an atheist teach theology?"“
Critica de la pasión pura (1998)
„It wasn’t businessmen who developed new technology and science but amateur inventors or salaried professors instead; from the foundation of this country to the invention of the Internet, continuing with Einstein and finally, the arrival of the first man on the moon. Not to mention, the basis of the sciences—which were shaped by those horrible and uncivilized Arabs centuries before—from the numbers that we use to Algebra to algorithms and many other sciences and philosophies that are part of Western civilization today, continuing with the Europeans in the 17th century. None of these men were businessmen, of course.“
Carta abierta a Donald Trump http://www.huffingtonpost.es/jorge-majfud/carta-abierta-a-donald-tr_b_10218246.html Translation at The Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/57dc39fee4b0d5920b5b2aac?timestamp=1474051083758.
„For centuries men looked for comfort to their deepest anguish, but all answers seemed small before death. Until someone, it’s unknown who, discovered the truth. And since they saw it served all as an answer to the fears of the first man, they defended it with their blood and with the blood of others, first and then with the lie.“
La ciudad de la Luna (2009)
Hiedra (March 2015) https://issuu.com/revistahiedra/docs/hiedra_issuu/53
„While universities make robots that look more like human beings every time, not only because of their proven intelligence but now also because of their abilities to express and receive emotions, the consumerist habits are making us every time more similar to robots.“
„The relationship that in our time unites us with Money is completely abstract. That’s where our society resembles to the one in the Middle Ages: we fear a symbolic and invisible entity, like men feared God thousands of years ago. The stock exchange changes without our participation. Between the stock and us there’s a theology of money called “economy” that, in general, is in charge of rationally explaining something that doesn’t have more reason than it’s symbolic power.“
"Teología del dinero" http://www.bitacora.com.uy/articulos/2002/noviembre/98/98general.htm Bitácora, magazine, La República, Uruguay (13 November 2002)
„That blind attitude of the Society of Knowledge is similar in all to the proud consideration that "our language is better because it’s understood."
Just that with a completely tragic intensity, that could be translated like this: "our dead are true because they hurt."“
"Collateral Effects" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HvdjRCajZU, from the book Words Can (2007) United Nations Children Fund, UNICEF]