Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Reading is long, life is short

Portrait of Marie Adelaide of France in Turkish Costume, 1753, by Jean-Etienne Liotard


A magic curtain, woven of legends, hung before the world. Cervantes sent Don Quixote journeying and tore through the curtain. The world opened before the knight errant in all the comical nakedness of its prose.

For it is by tearing through the curtain of pre-interpretation that Cervantes set the new art going; his destructive act echoes and extends to every novel worthy of the name; it is the identifying sign of the art of the novel.

~ Milan Kundera, The Curtain: An Essay in Seven Parts
 

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