viernes, 27 de enero de 2012

Victoria Ocampo sobre Virginia Woolf (y sobre ella misma)

El 27 de enero de 1979 murió la escritora argentina Victoria Ocampo. Su principal aporte a la cultura argentina es la fundación de Sur, revista por la que desfilaron plumas célebres de la literatura americana y europea, y en la que colaboró Jorge Luis Borges con escritos y traducciones.

Ocampo obtuvo la Legión de Honor de Francia, el rango de Comendadora de la orden del Imperio Británico y el gran premio de honor de la Sociedad Argentina de Escritores. En 1977 fue incorporada a la Academia Argentina de Letras.

Como Virginia Woolf, su contemporánea, Ocampo buscó ampliar el horizonte de las actividades intelectuales para la mujer. Sobre Woolf, a quien conoció y frecuentó, expresa interesantes opiniones en una carta a la pedagoga María de Maeztu:
"Lo paso muy bien en Londres. Los Huxley son muy afectuosos conmigo y gracias a ellos he conocido a Virginia Woolf –a quien me interesaba mucho conocer– y a Wells. Wells un poco decrépito ya... (que no me oiga). Me resultan más divertidos sus libros que su... cuerpo presente.

Virginia, ¡una inglesa extraordinaria! ¡Más novelesca que sus novelas! Y para quien el mundo real no existe. Fantástica mujer. ¡Pelo blanco, cara muy delgada y belleza conmovedora en medio de su frialdad glacial, como diría la bestia de Grau! ¡Pobre! Me ha preguntado hasta el infinito sobre mi vida, mi país, mi infancia etc., etc., todo con una pasión y una curiosidad totalmente impersonales. Como si yo fuera una cosa y no un ser viviente. Pero se lo perdono. También me divierte y me inspira una curiosidad que no es cruel, sino infinitamente más directa y humana. Me quedo en Londres por ella más de lo que pensaba. Me fascina porque tiene todo lo que yo no tengo y porque tengo todo lo que ella no tiene. Y creo que la fascino por la misma causa. Y luego es tan extraña, tan wrapped up [ensimismada] en su mundo imaginario donde juego el papel de una inmensa mariposa dorada "sudamericana" –es decir, exótica– revoloteando a su alrededor, haciéndola soñar con un país que no quiere conocer sino en la forma en que se lo relata a sí misma... (no me lo ha dicho así, pero así lo siento). Las mujeres de talento me interesan, María, más que los hombres. Los hombres me interesan por otras razones... ¡Pero las mujeres! Quisiera desmontarlas pieza por pieza para no dejar escapar nada.

Pero Virginia vive en la luna. No sé cómo hacer para aterrizarla. Y acaso esto sea inútil y hay que aceptarla como es, en la luna."

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