Of Cabbages and Kings

May 13, 2007

Writing in the dark

Filed under: Across the Universe — Chinmayi @ 5:26 pm

David Grossman has written a beautiful article for the New York Times on how it feels to be a writer in Israel.

‘Kafka’s mouse is right: when the predator is closing in on you, the world does indeed become increasingly narrow. So does the language that describes it. From my experience I can say that the language with which the citizens of a sustained conflict describe their predicament becomes progressively shallower the longer the conflict endures. Language gradually becomes a sequence of clichés and slogans.’

[read the rest here]

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