Memory, mystery and peace!
Text: Santi Valldepérez
Foto: Andrei Moldovan
Video: Vlad Pop
The first impact is that of an eroded bell tower, of blurry outline, on a hill. The image of the tired titan, stood with pride on the rocky ground, is overwhelming. The icon shatters the condition of metonymy of a punctual episode- the bombardment of a town of 2500 inhabitants- in order to become something bigger, perhaps the allegory of the silence. The bell tower full of holes of Poble Vell of Corbera d’Ebre not only condenses the iconography of the 115 days of the Battle of the Ebre, but that of all the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). The outline of the destroyed bell tower, full of symbology, settled in the subconscious in an unavoidable way. It remains there days and days or if we want to be more precise nights and nights.
At Raval street, Corbera wants to establish a transition, a bridge between a pitiful past, of an impenetrable ferocity and a prosperous present which gets on well with the villagers of Terra Alta, of wine cellars with character, of familiar shops, nice bars, children games and grateful walks. A village with its ideas clear.
A little reasoned and instinctive glance on approaching in Corbera d’Ebre could make think that Poble Vell and the reconstructed village when the war finished are compartments easily divided. The Raval street denies it. It is a paved and beautiful street, it makes a soft climb. Two restored oil presses remember the rural history of the town. The wind whistles among the leaves of the pine trees and the flowery almond trees.