Leftist intellectual Ernesto Freire writes an academic paper on the Spanish “lost generation” of the 2008 crisis. He uses the case of his friend Martín Valera as an example. Freire contends that for Valera, as for most people in Spain, the crisis never ended—instead, its dire consequences were gradually accepted as a “new normal.” Freire also considers the cycle of protests and “assault on institutions” that started in 2011 as a lost opportunity, blaming the apathy of the Spanish public (and Valera's) for it. Meanwhile, Valera writes his own anxieties in a journal: his father is in the hospital, and he struggles raising a fragile child, while his wife gets involved in feminist activism. Valera finds increasing relief in writing, encouraged by the words of a former high school teacher: “If we don't tell our stories, they will be told by those who speak in the name of the people.”
If We Don't Tell It, They Will Tell Us: A Short Story about the Ongoing Crisis in Spain
Luis Moreno-Caballud takes part in different communal efforts to explore ways of contesting and abandoning the colonial, racist, patriarchal, anthropocentric, and capitalist forms of life. He collaborates with friends in researching the histories of informal common structures of mutual care (mostly in the Iberian peninsula's twentieth and twenty-first centuries) and in creating narrative and visual imaginaries for emergent forms of life.
Luis Moreno-Caballud, Ryan Hill; If We Don't Tell It, They Will Tell Us: A Short Story about the Ongoing Crisis in Spain. boundary 2 1 August 2021; 48 (3): 7–30. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/01903659-9155703
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