Competition for cars, the movies, television, and liquor: LitBash 28

Can books compete with cars, the movies, television, and liquor? They can and do, if the books are by authors who were…

Born this week:

Ivan Vazov, Bulgaria

Luigi Pirandello, Italy
“Woe to him who doesn’t know how to wear his mask, be he king or pope!”

Marlene Streeruwitz, Austria

Antoine de Saint-Exupery, France
“Here is my secret. It is very simple. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; What is essential is invisible to the eye.”

Oriana Fallaci, Italy
“There are moments in Life when keeping silent becomes a fault, and speaking an obligation. A civic duty, a moral challenge, a categorical imperative from which we cannot escape.”

Georges Duhamel, France
“It is always brave to say what everyone thinks.”

Mongo Beti, Cameroon

George Sand, France
“Life resembles a novel more often than novels resemble life.”

Juan Carlos Onetti, Urugway

Hjalmar Soderberg, Sweden
“We know so litle about one another. We embrace a shadow and love a dream.”

Hermann Hesse, Germany
“In the beginning was the myth.”

Nikolai Polevoy, Russia

Franz Kafka, Austria
“I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book we are reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow on the head, what are we reading it for? A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.”

Francis Carco, France

Died this week:

Martin Alfred Hansen, Denmark

Malcolm Lowry, UK
“How alike are the groans of love, to those of the dying.”

Leopold Marechal, Argentina

Tove Marika Jansson, Finland
“A person can find anything if he takes the time, that is, if he can afford to look. And while he’s looking, he’s free, and he finds things he never expected.”

Albert Morel, France

Jose Vasconcelos, Mexico

Harriet Beecher Stowe, USA
“The truth is the kindest thing we can give folks in the end.”

Konstandinos Theotokis, Greece

Jean Prevot, France

Louis-Ferdinand Celine, France
“The novel can’t compete with cars, the movies, television, and liquor. A guy who’s had a good feed and tanked up on good wine gives his old lady a kiss after supper and his day is over. Finished.”

Ernest Hemingway, USA
“A man’s got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book.”

Ludwig Uhse, Germany

Vladimir Nabokov, Russia
“What is this jest in majesty? This ass in passion? How do God and Devil combine to form a live dog?”


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