Harold Pinter 10.10.1930 – 24.12.2008

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Last year, in his acceptance of the Nobel Prize for Literature, the playwright Harold Pinter made an epoch speech. He asked why, and I quote him, “The systematic brutality, the widespread atrocities, the ruthless suppression of independent thought in Stalinist Russia were well know in the West, while American state crimes were merely superficially recorded, left alone, documented.” And yet across the world the extinction and suffering of countless human beings could be attributed to rampant American power. “But,” said Pinter, “You wouldn’t know it. It never happened. Nothing ever happened. Even while it was happening it wasn’t happening. It didn’t matter. It was of no interest.” Pinter’s words were more than the surreal. The BBC ignored the speech of Britain’s most famous dramatist.

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In 2005, Harold Pinter was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, the highest honour available to any writer in the world. In announcing the award, Horace Engdahl, Chairman of the Swedish Academy, said that Pinter was an artist “who in his plays uncovers the precipice under everyday prattle and forces entry into oppression’s closed rooms”.

In 2002, Pinter was made a Companion of Honour by the Queen for services to Literature.

In 1958 Harold Pinter 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?

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2 Respostas

  1. […] especialmente porque ninguém fala do terror que continuam a causar, como o escritor inglês Harold Pinter dizia, se não aparece nas notícias é porque ou nunca aconteceu ou não é verdade; e ainda mais especiais são, devido à hipocrisia reinante nos movimentos anti-guerra, ou melhor, […]

  2. […] com as palavras sábias do falecido dramaturgo britânico que sabia bem do que a casa gastava, Harold Pinter, lembradas pelo grande jornalista John Pilger, bem como do Jornalista/escritor Michael […]

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