Art, truth and politics

One brilliant and really stunning lecture an old teacher and also friend of mine showed me. To me this words made me change my thoughts about the English language. Until those day some years ago I had not noticed English had an own melody. It was just a subject in school. A thing one had to do. And he changed all this. With reading the following text to me. He made me learn it by heart and up until now I still know all of it.  He made me realize the beauty of the language, just by reading those amazing words to me in his calm and affecting manner.


Harold Pinter’s speech when awarded with the noble prize 2005.

„In 1958 I wrote the following:

‚There are no hard distinctions between what is real and what is unreal, nor between what is true and what is false. A thing is not necessarily either true or false; it can be both true and false.‘

I believe that these assertions still make sense and do still apply to the exploration of reality through art. So as a writer I stand by them but as a citizen I cannot. As a citizen I must ask: What is true? What is false?

Truth in drama is forever elusive. You never quite find it but the search for it is compulsive. The search is clearly what drives the endeavour. The search is your task. More often than not you stumble upon the truth in the dark, colliding with it or just glimpsing an image or a shape which seems to correspond to the truth, often without realising that you have done so. But the real truth is that there never is any such thing as one truth to be found in dramatic art. There are many. These truths challenge each other, recoil from each other, reflect each other, ignore each other, tease each other, are blind to each other. Sometimes you feel you have the truth of a moment in your hand, then it slips through your fingers and is lost. “


For all of you who are interested in the rest of the speech:

It is a long one, but it is definitely worth your time!



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