‘The Black March’ Or How Africa Will Shake Globalism
“It is not a dystopia, even if it tells a story in which what may be hope for some represents the apocalypse for others,” Daniel Pinilla, author of The Black March ( Samarkand ), a novel that, starring survivors , it is about how Africa can shake globalism.
The background of the story, as explained by its author, is the “proximity” between Europe and Africa , a circumstance that both European governments and most of the citizens of the old continent seem determined to ignore.
“An entire continent brimming with rabidly young and insultingly poor inhabitants has a Europe frozen in its demographic winter and its crisis of identity and values one step away,” said Pinilla, adding that ” who does not want to see that this imbalance will explode sooner or later he is a willing blind man or someone with a lack of insight. “
Philosopher by training and journalist and editor by profession, Daniel Pinilla (Seville, 1974) has opted for fiction to address a situation that he considers “unsustainable” , and has given life to some characters led by an orphan child who has managed to survive in one of the large shanty towns in Africa.
That child will be able to stand out in an environment of maximum misery and hopelessness “because of his love of reading, of learning about History. and for stopping to think about how he should act in order to be at the ethical level of his mother, an illiterate person who has picked it up. and raised, along with many other children who also lived badly on the street “.
The protagonist “feels the call of his own conscience, but does not know how to respond to it; he believes in the obligation to create a revolution that allows Africans to compete with equal opportunities in a world where they are always in the queue … and a Good morning, decide to take action, “said Pinilla, who wanted to reflect on whether” challenges to the system “are possible.
Pinilla uses the term “system” as a synonym for “international legality” and has assured that with this novel he has aspired to make “an ethical reflection” , hence his characters “attend to moral doubts” and resist “abiding without further ado. a situation of chronic inequality of opportunities “.
The story takes place in the time of Covid-19 because it contains details of geostrategic analysis and others related to current politics , but, the author recalled, always within the framework of a continent in which “even scientific discourses lack the meaning they have in other parts of the planet “
Regarding how politically incorrect the title of his novel may be, Pinilla explained that he has just emerged victorious from the experience of overcoming a brain tumor although he is assuming its consequences, and that perhaps, also for that reason, he is not prone to accept what he has called the “gimmicks” of the politically correct .
The author, who maintains contact with North Africa for family reasons, has worked for years in Cuba for editorial issues, an activity that resulted in Hasta el mojito siempre , a travel book on the island in the aftermath of Castroism, and Subversive content , about an editorial project that was unfeasible due to the suffocating government control over Cuban writers.