Friday, October 10, 2008

Shelves of Ignorance

First, congratulations Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio.

That said, anyone have any of his work? I had to stumble to the computer at the crack of dawn to get on online and order Clezio's work. And I have a whole shelf of French language literature, for crying out loud. Every year the same thing, another winner I don't have. But it wasn't like I didn't see this coming:

Permanent secretary Horace Engdahl said it's no coincidence that most winners are European.
"Of course there is powerful literature in all big cultures, but you can't get away from the fact that Europe still is the center of the literary world ... not the United States," he told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview Tuesday. Speaking generally about American literature, however, he said U.S. writers are "too sensitive to trends in their own mass culture," dragging down the quality of their work. "The U.S. is too isolated, too insular. They don't translate enough and don't really participate in the big dialogue of literature," Engdahl said. "That ignorance is restraining."

Okay, well then, thanks again Nobel for highlighting an author whose works I don't have.

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