Maestro Novelista

“The only regret I will have in dying is if it is not for love.”

This, to us, is one of the most powerful lines written about love. A remark said by Don Pius to his son Florentino Ariza in Gabriel Garci­a Marquez’ novel, Love in the Time of Cholera.”

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Gabriel Garci­a Marquez (March 61927 – April 172014)

Colombian journalist, novelist, activist and a Nobel Literature Laureate (1982).

Alice Munro: On making sacrifices

It’s certainly true that when I was young, writing seemed to me so important that I would have sacrificed almost anything to it … Because I thought of the world in which I wrote — the world I created — as somehow much more enormously alive than the world I was actually living in. As you get older your rampaging need to write diminishes a bit. You have to face the amazing fact that you’re probably going to die, at some time, anyway. So everything you do in your life then seems more relative because it’s just part of your life.

Alice Munro is the 110th Nobel Laureate for Literature since 1901.  [Via The Atlantic]

Credit to Poetry

Poetry can make an order as true to the impact of external reality and as sensitive to the inner laws of the poet’s being as the ripples that rippled in and rippled out across the water in that scullery bucket fifty years ago. An order where we can at last grow up to that which we stored up as we grew. An order which satisfies all that is appetitive in the intelligence and prehensile in the affections. I credit poetry, in other words, both for being itself and for being a help, for making possible a fluid and restorative relationship between the mind’s centre and its circumference. . . . I credit it because credit is due to it, in our time and in all time, for its truth to life, in every sense of that phrase.

Seamus Heaney (1939-2013)