One might wonder why this scoop is snatched up by a Spanish publisher and not a Dutch one. Well, we have wondered that as well. But the truth is that Constant seems much more popular in Spain than he is in the Netherlands. The queue at the opening of the exhibition “Constant. Nueva Babilonia” at Reina Sofia, Madrid, in 2015-‘16 and the sold out catalogues are signs of a profound connection between Constant the Spanish.
Is it because the Spanish have more recent experiences with political hardship under Franco’s rule and therefore resonate more with leftish intellectual ideas? Or because of Constant’s connection with the Roma and Flamenco culture which inspired his idea of the nomadic inhabitans of New Babylon? Who knows. Fact is that the manuscript is now published by the Madrid publisher, Ediciones Catédra, with an introduction by Juan Pro, Professor of Contemporary History at the Autonomous University of Madrid.