“The best place for a writer is to remain on the fringes of society so as to keep a clear head, maintain alertness and avoid becoming another victim of the political propaganda apparatus…
Any political ideology serves politics … while it is impossible for writers to separate themselves entirely from society, they should avoid meddling in politics.
Literature and arts … should be a wakeful observation of the world and present the doubts one has about the world, not to negate it…
However, this is not to “entirely deny the value of having a person from literary circles in government … the example of Andre Malraux, who made a great contribution to culture and the humanities when he was French minister of cultural affairs.”
Stendhal had a different take:
“Politics in a work of literature is like a gunshot at a symphony, it adds an element of thugness and simplicity, and yet we cannot ignore it. Although for many reasons we would prefer to remain silent about some of the subjects discussed herein, unfortunately we must talk about these nasty things.”
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