Thursday, April 12, 2007


“Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representingabsolutely nothing. All they do is show you've been to college.

And I realise some of you may be having trouble deciding whether I am kidding or not. So from now on I will tell you when I'm kidding.

For instance, join the National Guard or the Marines and teach democracy. I'm kidding.

We are about to be attacked by al-Qaida. Wave flags if you have them. That always seems to scare them away. I'm kidding.

If you want to really hurt your parents, and you don't have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts. I'm not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practising an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”

Kurt Vonnegut-‘A Man Without A Country’
Seven Stories Press

One of the outstanding figures of modern US literature, Kurt Vonnegut, has died aged 84 in New York.

O Kurt Vonnegut υπήρξε από τους σημαντικότερους συγγραφείς της Αμερικανικής λογοτεχνίας μετά το ‘50: έγινε διάσημος με το ‘Σφαγείο νο.5’ (Slaughterhouse Five, or the Children's Crusade, 1969) το οποίο αναφέρεται στο βομβαρδισμό της Δρέσδης, χωρίς να υπολείπεται των sci-fi στοιχείων που χρησιμοποιούσε συχνά στα βιβλία του.
Στα ελληνικά κυκλοφορούν τα πιο γνωστά του έργα, ‘Σφαγείο νο.5’, ‘Οι Σειρήνες του Τιτάνα’, ‘Γκαλαπάγκος’, ‘Slapstick ή Οχι πια Μοναξιά’, ‘Μητέρα Νύχτα’, ‘Η Φωλιά της Γάτας’.


Blogger mondo said...

πότε πέθανε κι αυτός? και δεν είπες τίποτα..

12/4/07 17:47  
Blogger enteka said...

ωχ, από σένα το μαθαίνω κι εγώ.

(ωραίοι οι σιμπσονς vs νταλί)

12/4/07 18:22  
Blogger Dimitri said...

Ήταν πράγματι μεγάλος...
...κι ό,τι κι αν έλεγε, δεν έπαψε ποτέ να γράφει επιστημονική φαντασία.

"Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before. He is full of murderous resentment of people who are ignorant without having come by their ignorance the hard way."

13/4/07 00:09  
Blogger schottkey said...

mondo+enteka, κι εμένα ο Homer από πάνω μου το σφύριξε, δεν το ήξερα.

Dimitri, αυτό ακριβώς πιστεύω κι εγώ, πως ακόμα και στο 'Slaughterhouse 5' έγραψε ουσιαστικά ε.φ., κι ας κατατάσσουν πολλοί το βιβλίο δίπλα στο 'Catch 22' του Joseph Heller π.χ.

Human beings will be happier - not when they cure cancer or get to Mars or eliminate racial prejudice or flush Lake Erie but when they find ways to inhabit primitive communities again. That's my utopia.

I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can't see from the center.

13/4/07 09:30  

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