Monday, June 19, 2006

"Sometimes in literature you go on playing long after the game's over..."

On Saturday I exploited Nick Hornby's obsession to link books and soccer. Today, there's a delightful passage from the Berliner Zeitung excerpted and translated at

Berlin-based Hungarian author Laszlo Darvasi reflects on the Brazilians' love for the irrational element in football and the correlation with writing. "If there's one difference between literature and football, it's that with football, it's clear who's won, and how. Sometimes, it's true, we don't fully understand how the victory came about, but there's always the scoreboard there for orientation. Sometimes in literature you go on playing long after the game's over, and you don't even notice that the grandstands are as empty as a huge forlorn heart. You go on playing even though you've lost ages ago. Or won. In Germany, the novelist Sandor Marai is a player like that. A character of Salman Rushdie's once commented that the most important events of our lives always take place in our absence. Try imagining that in football."
If you read German, click here to read the entire article.

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--Marshal Zeringue