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Literature and Society

“Arts and literature create and re-create the life of a society in many respects, making it full of aesthetic touches. Without literature, countries and societies are devoid of the driving spirit of a full and vibrant life and thinking. Art and literature help a society in its growth at different levels as a continuous process. This intellectual entity shapes an individual’s and a society’s meaningful approach towards life and its components. 

The literary community believes in peace and love, and is very sensitive to the events taking place in society hence they are the first ones to draw the real picture of events in their writings. Since they are born with the traits of truth, they have remained victims of oppression during every reign of dictatorship.”

More: http://paktribune.com/news/Literature-for-life-By-Mukhtar-258234.html

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Find real-life love lessons in literature

“Can classic literature shed any light on twenty-first century love? 

What influence does reading about love in literature have on ‘real life’? Does it simply create expectations of unachievable ideals, or does is present us with useful insight? Does it hinder our emotional development or help it? Are we better lovers for delving into Lady Chatterley’s Lover, or reciting Shakespeare to one another?

Ultimately literature encourages us to question this idea of ‘love’ presented in Valentine’s cards, suggesting that it’s okay to be different. It tells us that love happens in the most unexpected ways. Shakespeare said it first: ‘reason and love keep little company nowadays’, and ‘the course of true love never did run smooth’. . Love is not logical, it isn’t biological (you can disregard this week’s Science feature), it’s improbable and unpredictable. But that’s why it’s so exciting. Love is messy and that’s what makes it so great.  In life and in literature.”

More: http://www.varsity.co.uk/culture/4403

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Reading fiction brings you to reality

“When it comes to figuring out crucial lessons of human behavior, timeless works of fiction are unparalleled primers. As Keith Oatley, a professor in the department of human development and applied psychology at the University of Toronto, recently told the Guardian: “Reading fiction improves understanding of others, and this has a very basic importance in society, not just in the general way [of] making the world a better place by improving [empathy] … but in specific areas such as politics, business, and education.”

When E.M. Forster asked a hypothetical reader in his book Aspects of the Novel why he read fiction, the character said, “It seems a funny sort of question to ask—a novel’s a novel—well, I don’t know—I suppose it tells a story, so to speak.” The story is essential, of course, to keep us engaged. But those of us who are drawn to novels aren’t there purely for entertainment (particularly not in this era when we can watch all the movies, television shows, and viral videos we want). No, most of us go between the pages to get inside different minds and learn more about how people tick. It’s no coincidence that the world’s best novelists are some of our most outstanding psychologists.”

Reading fiction will help your love life: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/01/20/virgil-jane-austen-and-other-authors-can-teach-us-about-love.html

Fiction, a guidebook to your love life

“If one of your new year’s resolutions is improving your romantic life, and you’re hoping to find some inspiration at your local bookshop, might I recommend skipping the selfhelp shelves and heading straight to fiction and literature?

Why? The insights of the literary greats ring true, generation after generation. Look closely at just about any work of fiction that has proven itself over time, and you’ll find plenty of insight into the problems that have plagued daters throughout history, and still bedevil them today.”

More: http://m.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/jan/09/love-life-advice-novels?cat=lifeandstyle&type=article

Love, Life, and Pain: LitBash 18

“One’s life is more formed, I sometimes think, by books than by human beings: it is out of books one learns about love and pain at second hand. Even if we have the happy chance to fall in love, it is because we have been conditioned by what we have read, and if I had never known love at all, perhaps it was because my father’s library had not contained the right books.” Graham Greene.

Use this week as an opportunity to learn about life, love, and pain. Read books by authors who were born or died the following week.

Born this week:

Charlotte Bronte, UK
“Novelists should never allow themselves to weary of the study of real life.”

Anne de Stael-Holstein, France
“We cease loving ourselves if no one loves us.”

William Shakespeare, UK
“Crabbed age and youth cannot live together:
Youth is full of pleasure, age is full of care”

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

Halldor Laxness, Iceland
“while there’s a breath left in my nostrils, it will never keep me down, no matter how hard it blows.”

Maurice Druon, France
“Number is the Word but is not utterance; it is wave and light, though no one sees it; it is rhytm and music, though no one hears it. Its variations are limitless and yet it is immutable. Each for of life is a particular reverberation of Number.”

Margit Sandemo, Norway

Anthony Trollope, UK
“No man thinks there is much ado about nothing when the ado is about himself.”

Died this week:

Daphne du Maurier, UK
“All autobiography is self-indulgent.”

James Ballard, UK

“I would sum up my fear about the future in one word: boring.”

Bram Stoker, UK
“I am Dracula, and I bid you welcome”

Jean Baptiste Racine, France
“My only hope lies in my despair.”

Mark Twain, USA
“Always do right. This will gratify some people, and astonish the rest.”

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Spain
“You are a king by your own fireside, as much as any monarch in his throne.”

Pamela Lyndon Travers, UK
“A writer is, after all, only half his book. The other half is the reader and from the reader the writer learns.”

Lucy Maud Montgomery, Canada

Alejo Carpentier, Cuba
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The most important thing in life, according to Leo Tolstoy

I stumbled upon this obscure book, a collection of articles from the 1960s, by a Polish journalist Krystyna Kolińska. In 1966 she went to Ley Puy, France, to rummage through a traveling trunk that belonged to one Victor Lebrun. In it she found correspondence between Lebrun and Leo Tolstoy! What an amazing account of a young boy’s fascination with the great author and the ensuing friendship (Lebrun became a close secretary to Tolstoy) that began with a letter a 17 year old Lebrun wrote:

“Worthy of my highest consideration, Leo Nikolayevich. By a strange coincidence, Volume XIII of your works has fallen into my hands shortly after the death of my father. […] I was struck and delighted with the simplicity of your thoughts, honesty and accuracy of your stunning works. […] What way [in life] to choose? You showed me the concept of good and evil, and I realized that I can not and do not have to do evil. But what can I personally do, I do not know.” Victor Lebrun, October 15, 1899.

Tolstoy’s reply:

“Unknown, young, dear friend. I received your letter when I lay sick in bed. […] The letter is sincere and pleased me very much. One thing confuses me: Your very young age. I do not think of it in the sense that youth stands in the way of understanding truth in life. […] But I’m afraid of your youth, because it had not yet experienced the lure of many of the world’s temptations. You did not have time to realize the futility of things, and they may yet seduce you and force you to give up the truth. [… ] The most important thing you can do is grow love around you. ” Your Leo Tolstoy.