Thursday, March 17, 2005

The Novel and the Novelist

I'm reading A.N.Wilson's wonderful biography of Tolstoy. I just want to share this quote with you:

Novels are works of art which arrive at truth by telling untruths. Novelists are frequently men and women who have been compelled, by some inner disaster, to rewrite the past, to refashion their memories to make their existence more interesting or more explicable to themselves.

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