Monday, March 09, 2009

A clearing in the forest

Following on from yesterday's post, here is Gabriel Josipovici, in an interview in Forward, with Tamar Yellin, acknowledging his preference, as both reader and writer, for narrative over both plot and story (thanks Steve):
"Plot is not really my thing. Stories have a linear progression. My fiction is more like a clearing in the forest, a patch of clarity." If one can discern a philosophy behind this, it is a desire to serve truth through art rather than reshaping life artificially in order to lend it meaning. "I think the fiction — indeed the art — I like is that which reaches out toward meaning but accepts that in the end, it will always slip out of our grasp or turn out to be an illusion. . ."

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