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Irwin Shaw

Datum narození: 27. únor 1913
Datum úmrtí: 16. květen 1984

Irwin Shaw [šó] byl americký spisovatel, scenárista a dramatik, jehož romány a povídkové sbírky ze života americké společnosti došly v Československu 60.–80. let značné popularity.


„Cestování je krásná věc, jestliže máme domov a kam se vrátit.“

„V jiných dobách bývali hrdinové oslavováni pro tak všední ctnosti jako odvaha, štědrost, chytrost, věrnost a víra, ale kam mi paměť sahala, sotva kdy pro sebejistotu. Jenže v naší neklidné éře, kdy většina z nás ani neví, kde vlastně stojí, a nemůže s určitostí říct, zda stoupáme či klesáme, zda postupujeme vpřed nebo vzad, jsme-li milováni či nenáviděni, zbožňováni či opovrhováni, nabývá sebejistota přednostního významu.“ Noční kořist


„There are too many books I haven’t read, too many places I haven’t seen, too many memories I haven’t kept long enough.“

„There are too many books I haven't read, too many places I haven't seen, too many memories I haven't kept long enough“

„I cringe when critics say I'm a master of the popular novel. What's an unpopular novel?“

„An absolutely necessary part of a writer's equipment, almost as necessary as talent, is the ability to stand up under punishment, both the punishment the world hands out and the punishment he inflicts upon himself.“

„I never drink while I'm working, but after a few glasses I get ideas that would never have occurred to me dead sober.“

„All writers are the same - they forget a thousand good reviews and remember one bad one.“


„I look at everything. God gave me eyes and I look at women and men and subway excavations and moving pictures and the little flowers of the field. I casually inspect the universe.“ The Girls in Their Summer Dresses

„If the players were armed with guns, there wouldn’t be stadiums large enough to hold the crowds.“

„Critics in New York are made by their dislikes, not by their enthusiasms.“

„When I went into the Army, I made up my mind that I was putting myself at the Army's disposal. I believe in the war. That doesn't mean I believe in the Army. I don't believe in any army. You don't expect justice out of an army, if you're a sensible, grown-up human being, you only expect victory. And if it comes to that, our Army is probably the most just one that ever existed.... I expected the Army to be corrupt, inefficient, cruel, wasteful, and it turned out to be all those things, just like all armies, only much less so than I thought before I got into it. It is much less corrupt, for example, than the German Army. Good for us. The victory we win will not be as good as it might be, if it were a different kind of army, but it will be the best kind of victory we can expect in this day and age, and I'm thankful for it.“ The Young Lions


„Our imperfections are the bonds that hold us together. We might as well recognize them.“ Bread Upon the Waters: A Novel

„Horror would not annoy a soldier any more than the sight of a hammer annoys a carpenter. It is sentimental to pretend that horror is not the tool of the soldier, just as the hammer is the tool of the carpenter. We live off death and the threat of death and we must take it calmly and use it well.... Eventually I came to enjoy killing, as a pianist enjoys the Czerny which keeps his fingers limber for the Beethoven.“ The Young Lions

„No writer need feel sorry for himself if he writes and enjoys the writing, even if he doesn’t get paid for it.“

„This time it is not a simple, understandable war, within the same culture. This time it is an assault of the animal world upon the house of the human being. I don’t know what you saw in Africa and Italy, but I know what I saw in Russia and Poland. We made a cemetery a thousand miles long and a thousand miles wide. Men, women, children, Poles, Russians, Jews, it made no difference. It could not be compared to any human action. It could be compared to a weasel in a henhouse. It was as though we felt that if we left anything alive in the East, it would one day bear witness against us and condemn us. And, now, we have made the final mistake. We are losing the war“ The Young Lions

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