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Howard Jacobson

Datum narození: 25. srpen 1942

Howard Jacobson je britský spisovatel a novinář.


„Román je velký kapalný útvar, do kterého všechny možnosti vplouvají a vyplouvají. Nic není konečné, nic není uzavřené, nic není omezené.“

„How do you go on knowing that you will never again - not ever, ever - see the person you have loved? How do you survive a single hour, a single minute, a single second of that knowledge? How do you hold yourself together?“ The Finkler Question


„So many unhappy women out there. Such a sea of female misery.“ The Finkler Question

„Hephzibah normally left the dishes until the next day. Piled up in the sink so that it was near impossible to fill a kettle. And what the sink wouldn't take would stay on the kitchen table. Treslove liked that about her. She didn't believe they had to clean up after every excess. There wasn't a price to pay for pleasure.“ The Finkler Question

„But what is the imagination for if not tto grasp how the world feels to those who don't think what you think?“ The Finkler Question

„It's never over till it's over with a friend.“ The Finkler Question

„I could use the company but I can't go through the pain of getting it.“

„At a certain age men began to shrink, and yet it was precisely at that age that their trousers became too short for them.“ The Finkler Question


„Was he a bad man or just a foolish one? He didn't feel bad to himself. As a husband he believed himself to be essentially good and loyal. It just wasn't written in a man's nature to be monogamous, that was all. And he owed something to his nature even when his nature was at odds with his desire, which was to stay at home and cherish his wife. It was his nature – all nature, the rule of nature – that was the bastard, not him.“ The Finkler Question

„How do you explain to somebody who doesn't understand that you don't build a library to. A library is a resource. Something you go to, for reference, as and when. But also something you simply look at, because it gives you succour, answers to some idea of who you are or, more to the point, who you would like to be, who yoube once you own every book you need to own.“

„to bar communication between intellectuals, who are always our best hope of peace, is particularly self-defeating and inane. It declares, inter alia, that we have a) made up our minds about what we think, b) closed our minds to what others think, and c) chosen to go on hearing nothing with which we happen to disagree.“ The Finkler Question

„I suspect you're thinking of Pascal,' Finkler said, finally.'Only he said the opposite. He said you might as well wager on God because that way, even if He doesn't exist, you've nothing to lose. Whereas if you wager against God and He does exist...'
'You're in the shit.“
The Finkler Question


„Art is made by those who consider themselves to have failed at whatever isn’t art. And of course it is loved as consolation, or a call to arms, by those who feel the same. One of the reasons there seem to be fewer readers for literature today than there were yesterday is that the concept of failure has been outlawed. If we are all beautiful, all clever, all happy, all successes in our way, what do we want with the language of the dispossessed? But the nature of failure ensures that writers will go on writing no matter how many readers they have. You have to master the embarrassments and ignominies of life.“

„T. S. Eliot told Auden tht the reason he played patience night after night was that it was the nearest thing to being dead.“ The Finkler Question

„Before he met Finkler, Treslove had never met a Jew. Not knowingly at least. He supposed a Jew would be like the word Jew — small and dark and beetling. A secret person. But Finkler was almost orange in colour and spilled out of his clothes.“ The Finkler Question

„A waitress, bringing Finkler more hot water, interrupted Treslove's answer. Finkler always asked for more hot water no matter how much hot water had already been brought. It was his way of asserting power, Treslove thought. No doubt Nietzsche, too, ordered more hot water than he needed.“ The Finkler Question

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