Yevgeny Zamyatin, in On Literature, Revolution, Entropy and Other Matters (1923)
domingo, 19 de setembro de 2021
Meditações - A literature that is alive does not live by yesterday's clock
A literature that is alive does not live by yesterday's clock, nor by today's but by tomorrow's. It is a sailor sent aloft: from the masthead he can see foundering ships, icebergs, and maelstroms still invisible from the deck. He can be dragged down from the mast and put to tending the boilers or working the capstan, but that will not change anything: the mast will remain, and the next man on the masthead will see what the first has seen. In a storm, you must have a man aloft. We are in the midst of storm today, and SOS signals come from every side.