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The Literature of Testimony – “My Reading Life” – Bob Carr

May 6th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Literature of Testimony – “My Reading Life” – Bob Carr · Culture, Genocide, History, Writing, WW2

The most important book of the twentieth century: Primo Levi’s If this is a Man. Because it is the best of all the books in the literature of testimony. Because it is a monument to all who were killed in the last century by totalitarian dictatorships. Because it tells us what humans are capable of.

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Lazy Reading – “My Reading Life” – Bob Carr 

May 6th, 2012 · Comments Off on Lazy Reading – “My Reading Life” – Bob Carr  · Culture, Politics, Reading Related

Still, for many years my own reading was lazy – too much biography, current affairs and ephemeral political economy. Why didn’t I tackle War and Peace? Or reread James Joyce, first explored at University? Why didn’t I start reading Dostoyevsky in my forties? The answer is I was scared of being bored. There were no […]

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Only Great Literature Grows in the Imagination – “Life and Fate” – Vasily Grossman

April 3rd, 2012 · Comments Off on Only Great Literature Grows in the Imagination – “Life and Fate” – Vasily Grossman · Reading Related, Writing

From Linda Grant’s Introduction: Novels fade, your immersion in their world turns into a faint dream, and then is forgotten. Only great literature grows in the imagination.

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Politics as a Truth Contest – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson

March 9th, 2012 · Comments Off on Politics as a Truth Contest – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson · Campaigning, Political Communication, Politics, Reading Related

Daily life in the PMO was a truth contest. All day long truth was asserted, denied, demolished, reasserted. And there wasn’t a book in the place.

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