30 December 2008

Harold Pinter (1930-2008)

"In 1958 I wrote the following: 'There are no hard distinctions between what is real and what is unreal, nor between what is true and what is false. A thing is not necessarily either true or false; it can be both true and false.' I believe that these assertions still make sense and do still apply to the exploration of reality through art. So as a writer I stand by them but as a citizen I cannot. As a citizen I must ask: What is true? What is false?"

harold pinter (London, 1930-2008), an excerpt from Art, Truth & Politics, his Nobel Lecture, shown on video on December 7, 2005, in Börssalen at the Swedish Academy in Stockholm

Further reading:


Pinter at The Guardian, BBC News, The New York Times, The Poetry Archive