Arturo Pérez-Reverte, a former war reporter and Spanish author, discusses his experiences and reflections on war reporting, the complexities of humans and their behavior during wartime, as well as the dangers of ignorance and stupidity. Pérez-Reverte emphasizes that good and evil are not black and white, but rather there is always a gray area in human behavior. He also shares personal stories from his travels and experiences meeting various people and characters. Pérez-Reverte stresses the importance of education and knowledge in combating ignorance and stupidity, and encourages people to learn about different perspectives and historical events even if it means confronting uncomfortable truths.
Arturo Pérez-Reverte, a Spanish author, shares his experiences as a war reporter and how it changed his perception of humanity. He reflects on the complexities of life and warns that overprotecting and avoiding intellectual confrontation can leave individuals unprepared for the challenges of life. Pérez-Reverte also discusses his opposition to gender-neutral language, emphasizes the reality of immigration, and talks about the negative impact of politics on society. He highlights the professional attitude of reporters in war zones and shares personal anecdotes from his time as a reporter, emphasizing the importance of humor as a coping mechanism amidst the trauma and tension of war reporting.
In this video interview, Arturo Pérez-Reverte discusses his experiences as a war reporter and how they informed and inspired his novels, the importance of humility and lifelong learning in his profession, and his approach to writing and reading. He also touches on the decline of cultural literacy and the changing nature of storytelling in the modern world, as well as his experiences working on film adaptations of his novels. Despite occasional bitterness and cynicism, Pérez-Reverte emphasizes the humanity to be found in even the midst of the horrors of war, and encourages people to listen and learn from their elderly relatives before their unique perspectives and memories are lost forever.