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Relatos

Julián del Casal

Publisher: Linkgua

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Summary

La presente antología de Relatos de Julián del Casal contiene textos diversos, entre otros: El velo, Una madre, El primer pesar, La casa del poeta, La tristeza del alcohol. Más allá de los lugares comunes del Modernismo latinoamericano la narrativa de Casal destaca por su visión peculiar y la atmósfera que recrea.


Fragmento de la obra

UN SACERDOTE RUSO

Ainsi qu'un papillon volage
Ce qui passe aujourd'hu sera passé.
Laisse-toi cueillir au passage
Papillon d'Actualité

Las doce del día.
Desde la altura de la blanca terraza, próxima al mar, bajo el toldo que forma el ramaje de verde enredadera, estrellado de flores violáceas, hay un grupo de gentes que contemplan, hundido el sombrero hasta las cejas y los anteojos nacarados entre los dedos, la salida de la fragata rusa que abandona nuestras costas.
Ni un soplo de aire refresca la atmósfera. El mar, como lámina de acero, maravillosamente bruñida, irradia un brillo metálico que deslumbra la vista. Las ondas arrastran, en su curso tranquilo, paquetes de algas que arrojan sobre la arena dorada de la playa, semejando ramilletes marchitos del último baile de nereidas. De vez en cuando los rabihorcados que revolotean en el aire se introducen, como flechas negras, en el piélago azul. Sobre las rocas puntiagudas, jaspeadas de placas verdinegras, los pilluelos se entretienen en recoger caracoles que se irisan a los rayos del Sol.
Mientras la fragata avanza serena y majestuosa, sobre el dorso de las olas con las velas abiertas y las banderas izadas, hasta perderse en el confín del horizonte lejano, velado por brumas opalinas; se destaca a lo lejos, en lo más alto de la popa, la figura del capellán que parece rogar, desde el púlpito de un templo marino, por el alma de los náufragos. Tiene la mansedumbre evangélica de las grandes almas. Al contemplarlo en aquel lugar, con su solideo de raso negro, ornado de una moña amarilla, bajo el cual se escapan sus cabellos grises y con su sotana tornasolada, donde resplandece, bajo la cascada de su luenga barba, la cruz blanca de los antiguos eremitas de Jerusalén; evoca el recuerdo de los sacerdotes de Dostoievski, acompañando los deportados a Siberia.
Y al ver la fijeza atónita de sus miradas, diríase que trata de concentrar en sus pupilas verdes, inmóviles en sus órbitas aporcelanadas, los brillantes fulgores del mediodía tropical, para iluminar con ellos, en futuros días, la blancura helada de las vastas estepas solitarias.

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