Histomat: Adventures in Historical Materialism

'Historical materialism is the theory of the proletarian revolution.' Georg Luk√°cs

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Pinter smashes the mirror

'When we look into a mirror we think the image that confronts us is accurate. But move a millimetre and the image changes. We are actually looking at a never-ending range of reflections. But sometimes a writer has to smash the mirror - for it is on the other side of that mirror that the truth stares at us.'

From Pinter's Nobel acceptance speech, 'Art, truth and politics', here.

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At 4:18 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blatant plug, but Argentina's leftist daily Pagina 12 had a lengthy quote from Pinter's speech on its front page. And, as if by magic, Paddington will post a shortish piece on the Argentinian media in the next couple of days - along, if you can face it, with a overblown and somewhat tortuous piece on Paraguayan history.

Snowball, I bet you're wishing you'd never let me do this. Your readership figures may never recover...

 
At 4:37 am, Blogger Unsane said...

How mysterious!

 
At 4:09 pm, Blogger Ed said...

That was a really moving speech by Pinter.

 
At 5:58 pm, Blogger Snowball said...

It was really good - I watched it on TV at about midnight and it was powerful stuff. However, if you read through the transcript slowly and out aloud you would get some sense of this. Though you might also get some wierd looks.

 
At 9:53 am, Blogger cheesemeister said...

Thanks for that--it seems very appropriate, since I have a story I'm trying to wrestle into submission at this time!
Peace.

 

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