Interview with writer Valentí Puig (Palma de Mallorca, 1949), 3 February 2022
The writer Valentí Puig (Palma de Mallorca, 1949) affirms in this interview with e-notícies that “Catalonia is dead” and that “there is a notable impasse”. “Only a reaction from civil society can give new vitality,” he adds, although he is pessimistic about it.
In his opinion, the independence movement is also “in a dead end” because “they no longer know what to say” but that “the intellectual and moral level of what remains of the process is very low.” “It is evident -he insists- that Catalonia is not in the best hands” with “paralyzed institutions”.
Puig also regrets the Catalan television “case of TV3 that we all pay for” and affirms that “at some point a fiscal rebellion should be considered because we pay for a television that what it does is insult half of the Catalans.”
In his opinion, the institutional deterioration seems irreversible with a “president of the Generalitat who is unauthorized every day” and “a Parliament with a president who lacks guarantees to guarantee pluralism” or “respect for minorities”.
He also denounces that “the State is absent in Catalonia” and that Pujol wanted to subtract “symbolic and legitimate presence” from it with the development of the Mossos d’Esquadra. “He did not care about a regional police force for the safety of the Catalans but about eliminating the representation of the State, he adds.
The writer, who came to Barcelona in the 1960s from his native Palma, also highlights that cultural life then, despite the Franco regime -with Miró, Tàpies- was greater than it is now. “Where is that cultural life now?” he wonders.
Valentí Puig, who wrote his first book forty years ago, has recently published the novel “Mujeres que fufuman”, the essay “Por un futuro imperfecto”, the 90s diary “Gods of the Age” and the compilation of quotes “Malice in the country of politics.