Writers and book-lovers are talking a lot right now about the lack of diversity in literature. Of course, there are many reasons for this, including lack of education in many countries, the fact that only a few countries translate their books into one of the “big” languages, and the fact that publishers want a specific kind of book.
I’m planning to push the #weneeddiversebooks campaign by widening my own reading horizons. I have only read books written by US, UK, German, Australian, French, Canada, Russian, Spanish, Japanese, and Italian authors. I am missing out on almost the entire world! It is my mission to add more diversity to my reading over the next few months, which I will be focusing heavily on this fall. But today, I’m kicking off the campaign by giving you a collection of quotes from foreign authors.
Note: If the quote has a book name after it, it is from a book the author wrote. Otherwise, it is from something the author said.
Sweden: Stieg Larsson- “She went around with the attitude that she would rather be beaten to death than take any shit.” – I picked this one, because book content aside, this quote reminds me of my daughter, Monkey.
Afganistan: Khaled Hosseini-“I suspect the truth is that we are waiting, all of us, against insurmountable odds, for something extraordinary to happen to us.” — And the Mountains Echoed
New Zealand: Maurice Gee- “You are chosen to serve Company in its glorious enterprise. Daily we grow in comfort and prosperity. In this you share. Who serves Company serves mankind.” –Salt
South Africa: Jim Coetzee- “Pain is truth; all else is subject to doubt.” –Waiting for the Barbarians
Isreal: Uri Orlev- “’Srulik, there’s no time. I want you to remember what I’m going to tell you. You have to stay alive.” –Run, Boy, Run
Hungary: Emmuska Orczy- “In the chain of my life, there were so many links, all of which tended towards bringing me to the fulfillment of my destiny.”
Albania: Ismail Kadare- “If an animal has to be sacrificed when a new bridge is built, what will it take to build a whole new world?” –Chronicle in Stone
Norway: Per Petterson- “You decide for yourself when it will hurt.” –Out Stealing Horses
Mexico: Carlos Fuentes- “You start by writing to live. You end by writing so as not to die.”
The Netherlands: Gerbrand Bakker- “We were separated all day but in the afternoon we would come riding up from different directions and simultaneously lay our forearms on the handlebars to defy wind and rain together.” –The Twin
India: Anita Desai – “My style of writing is to allow the story to unfold on its own. I try not to structure my work too rigidly.”
Strangely, of this list, only 1 is a woman.I wonder if that reflects the ratio of male to female writers in other countries, or if we are facing a literary stigma among English translators!
Quote Me Thursday Link-Up 39
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