2005-12-10

Harold Pinter's Nobel Lecture

At the Offical Nobel Prize website you can watch a video and read the text of Pinter's speech. It had been pre-recorded because his doctors didn't allow him to travel because of his poor health.
Pinter's Nobel Lecture

Pinter's topic was "Art, Truth & Politics", and he began thus:


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?


See also:
Report in the Telegraph

and
Report in the New York Times

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