Crabwalk. Gunter Grass. History. India

Looks like history of all nations is the same. In Crabwalk,  Gunter Grass deems it a clogged toilet, full of shit that is all things Nazi. Seems pretty damn apt for India of today — in a different way, though — where revisionists are running riot, on occasions literally.

History, or to be more precise, the history we Germans have repeatedly mucked up, is a clogged toilet. We flush and flush, but the shit keeps rising.

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From Kafka On The Shore

And Haruki Murakami turns the Greek tragedy upside down.

And the sense of tragedy – according to Aristotle – comes, ironically enough, not from the protagonist’s weak points but from his good qualities. Do you know what I’m getting at? People are driven into tragedy not by their defects but by their virtues… Oedipus is drawn into tragedy not because of laziness or stupidity, but because of his courage and honesty.

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J M Coetzee at his raw best

From Waiting For The Barbarians.

My torturers were not interested in degrees of pain. They were interested only in demonstrating to me what it meant to live in a body, as a body, a body which can entertain notions of justice only as long as it is whole and well, which very soon forgets them when its head is gripped and a pipe is pushed down its gullet and pints of salt water are poured into it… They came to my cell to show me the meaning of humanity, and in the space of an hour they showed me a great deal

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