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Anatole Broyard

Datum narození: 16. červenec 1920
Datum úmrtí: 11. říjen 1990

Anatole Paul Broyard byl americký spisovatel a literární kritik.


„Moje prvotní zkušenost s nemocí byla sérií nespojitých šoků a můj první instinkt byl pokusit se dostat ji pod kontrolu tím, že ji proměním v narativu.“ o rakovině

„The contents of someone's bookcase are part of his history, like an ancestral portrait."

(, New York Times, February 22, 1987)“


„A good book is never exhausted. It goes on whispering to you from the wall. Books perfume and give weight to a room. A bookcase is as good as a view, as the sight of a city or a river. There are dawns and sunsets in books - storms, fogs, zephyrs.
I read about a family whose apartment consists of a series of spaces so strictly planned that they are obliged to give away their books as soon as they've read them. I think they have misunderstood the way books work.
Reading a book is only the first step in the relationship. After you've finished it, the book enters on its real career. It stand there as a badge, a blackmailer, a monument, a scar. It's both a flaw in the room, like a crack in the plaster, and a decoration. The contents of someone's bookcase are part of his history, like an ancestral portrait.

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„Two people making love, she once said, are like one drowned person resuscitating the other.“ Kafka Was the Rage: A Greenwich Village Memoir

„There was a time when we expected nothing of our children but obedience, as opposed to the present, when we expect everything of them but obedience.“

„A book is meant not only to be read, but to haunt you, to importune you like a lover or a parent, to be in your teeth like a piece of gristle.“

„I realize that people still read books now and some people actually love them, but in 1946 in the Village our feelings about books--I’m talking about my friends and myself--went beyond love. It was as if we didn’t know where we ended and books began. Books were our weather, our environment, our clothing. We didn’t simply read books; we became them. We took them into ourselves and made them into our histories. While it would be easy to say that we escaped into books, it might be truer to say that books escaped into us. Books were to us what drugs were to young men in the sixties.

They showed us what was possible. We had been living with whatever was close at hand, whatever was given, and books took us great distances. We had known only domestic emotions and they showed us what happens to emotions when they are homeless. Books gave us balance--the young are so unbalanced that anything can make them fall. Books steadied us; it was as if we carried a heavy bag of them in each hand and they kept us level. They gave us gravity.“
Kafka Was the Rage: A Greenwich Village Memoir

„The most dangerous part of lending books lies in the returning. At such times, friendships hang by a thread. I look for agony, ecstasy, for tears, transfiguration, trembling hands, a broken voice - but what the borrower usually says is, "I enjoyed it."

I enjoyed it - as if that were what books were for.“


„For him that stealeth, or borroweth and returneth not, this book from its owner, let it change into a serpent in his hand and rend him. Let him be struck with palsy, and all his members blasted. Let him languish in pain, crying aloud for mercy, and let there be no surcease to this agony till he sing in dissolution. Let bookworms gnaw his entrails…and when at last he goeth to his final punishment, let the flames of Hell consume him forever.”
— Anonymous Curse on Book Theives from the Monaster of San Pedro, Barcelona, Spain“

„The moment a book is lent I begin to miss it.“

„I feel about lending a book the way most fathers feel about their daughters living with a man out of wedlock.“

„When we were in bed, the only part of me she touched was my penis, because it was the most detached.“ Kafka Was the Rage: A Greenwich Village Memoir


„The contents of someone's bookcase are part of his history, like an ancestral portrait.“

„If a book is really good, it deserves to be read again, and if it's great, it should be read at least three times.“

„Paranoids are the only ones who notice things anymore.“

„The contents of someone's bookcase are part of his history, like and ancestral portrait.“

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