Jostein Gaarder, Klaus Ebner, Birgit Vanderbeke, Gernot Wolfram, Sara Teasdale, Donald Davidson, Hieronymus van Alphen

De Noorse schrijver Jostein Gaarder werd geboren op 8 augustus 1952 in Oslo. Zie ook alle tags voor Jostein Gaarder op dit blog.

Uit: The Orange Girl (Vertaald door James Anderson)

“Imagine that you were on the threshold of this fairytale, sometime billions of years ago when everything was created. And you were able to choose whether you wanted to be born to a life on this planet at some point. You wouldn’t know when you were going to be born, nor how long you’d live for, but at any event it wouldn’t be more than a few years. All you’d know was that, if you chose to come into the world at some point, you’d also have to leave it again one day and go away from everything. This might cause you a good deal of grief, as lots of people think that life in the great fairytale is so wonderful that the mere thought of it ending can bring tears to their eyes. Things can be so nice here that it’s terribly painful to think that at some point the days will run out. What would you have chosen, if there had been some higher power that had gave you the choice? Perhaps we can imagine some sort of cosmic fairy in this great, strange fairytale. What you have chosen to live a life on earth at some point, whether short or long, in a hundred thousand or a hundred million years? Or would you have refused to join in the game because you didn’t like the rules? (…) I asked myself the same question maybe times during the past few weeks. Would I have elected to live a life on earth in the firm knowledge that I’d suddenly be torn away from it, and perhaps in the middle of intoxicating happiness? (…) Well, I wasn’t sure what I would have chosen. (…) If I’d chosen never to the foot inside the great fairytale, I’d never have known what I’ve lost. Do you see what I’m getting at? Sometimes it’s worse for us human beings to lose something dear to us than never to have had it at all.”

 
Jostein Gaarder (Oslo, 8 augustus 1952)

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Nina Berberova, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Zofia Kossak-Szczucka, Hitomi Kanehara, Flavia Bujor, Franco Biondi, Reinhold Hauschka

De Russische schrijfster Nina Nikolaevna Berberova werd geboren op 8 augustus 1901 in Sint Petersburg. Zie ook alle tags voor Nina Berberova op dit blog en ook mijn blog van 8 augustus 2010

Uit: The Resurrection of Mozart (Vertaald door Marian Schwarz)

“Yes, it was exactly a year ago today that Nevelsky dies. He knew a lot of this was coming. He predicted so much of it.”
“Well, he couldn’t have picked a better time to die. At least he doesn’t have to see what we see. If he were resurrected he’d either spit in disgust or break down and cry.”
Facing the hostess, at the opposite end of the table, sat a Frenchman brought along by Chabarov but whom no one else really knew. Simply, and without any fussy apology, he asked them to translate what they were all saying.
“Monsieur Daunou, we were talking about the dead, and what they would say if they were resurrected and saw what’s going on now,” replied Maria Leonidovna Sushkova.
Daunou took his black pipe out of his mouth, furrowed his brow, and smiled.
“Is it worth waking the dead?” he said, looking his hostess straight in the eye. “I suppose I might well invite Napoleon to come and have a look at our times, but I’d certainly spare my parents the pleasure.”

 
Nina Berberova (8 augustus 1901 – 26 september 1993)

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