JUST SAY NOTHING(18/01/2008)
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On the covert hushing-up of 'La vida després de Déu'.
CATALONIA TODAY – SECTION: LONG-TERM RESIDENT - ARTICLE EIGHTY-THREE
Last Friday I was interviewed on the radio by Jordi García Soler, a journalist with 43 years of wide-ranging experience behind him. He decided to dedicate all 55 minutes of the talk to my latest book - an (informed) attack on organised religion called 'La vida després de Déu' - because, according to him: 'there have been serious attempts to silence it'.
Hearing this from someone as much in the loop as García Soler, I finally realised that my gradually accumulated suspicions must have some foundation. True, a tiny handful of freelance authors and journalists have written about the book, motivated by personal conviction. But it is simply not normal that three months after publication - one of them spent on the best-seller lists - a book on an objectively controversial subject which is now going into a third edition, should not have received one single review anywhere at all in the Catalan Press (with the notable exception of 'Catalonia Today'). One newspaper in a major Catalan city (not named, at the request of the journalist involved) even pulled a piece about the book at the last moment, to avoid offending a wealthy Catholic patron.
In short, most staff reviewers and commentators in this corner of Europe, presumably worried about possible repercussions, are avoiding 'La vida després de Déu' as if it stank of skunk. My only consolation is that a far more famous book in a similar vein - Richard Dawkins's 'The God Delusion' - has also been covertly sent to Coventry here, despite having caused massive splashes in just about every other country in the world: those happy lands whose Fourth Estates, far from cowering when the Church raises a finger to its lips, reply with an unambiguous finger gesture of their own.