Friday, January 7, 2011

A photograph (of what is there)

(Photo: Javier Berasaluce Bajo)

In this diary entry Spanish writer Antonio Muñoz Molina makes the crucial observation that "often literature does not consist of inventing but in telling clearly what one has seen with one's own eyes."

Another great writer, George Orwell who spent time here (fighting against Francoism in the 1930's) said a similar thing. "To see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle."


Marmot said...

Yes. The trick is turning the obvious into the real, for others via literature, photography etc

Brett Hetherington said...

Thanks for the comment, Marmot. I think that's a good point about "the trick being turning the obvious" into something for others to understand through creativity. It is often not enough to just describe without some well-crafted interpretation.

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