Monday, 19 December 2016

Optimism and Despair

"If novelists know anything it’s that individual citizens are internally plural: they have within them the full range of behavioral possibilities. They are like complex musical scores from which certain melodies can be teased out and others ignored or suppressed, depending, at least in part, on who is doing the conducting."
-- Zadie Smith
 A talk given in Berlin on November 10 on receiving the 2016 Welt Literature Prize.

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