Thursday, December 08, 2005

Harold Pinter, writer and citizen

Playwright Harold Pinter is this year's winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. His incandescent-with-rage acceptance speech is published in the Guardian today.

Here's a taste:

"... the majority of politicians, on the evidence available to us, are interested not in truth but in power and in the maintenance of that power. To maintain that power it is essential that people remain in ignorance, that they live in ignorance of the truth, even the truth of their own lives. ... I believe that despite the enormous odds which exist, unflinching, unswerving, fierce intellectual determination, as citizens, to define the real truth of our lives and our societies is a crucial obligation which devolves upon us all."

Full text here.

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