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John Fowles

Datum narození: 31. březen 1926
Datum úmrtí: 5. listopad 2005
Další jména: جان فاولز

John Robert Fowles byl britský spisovatel a esejista. Mnozí kritici řadí jeho díla na rozmezí modernismu a postmodernismu. Lze jej však považovat za prvního postmodernistického autora v tom smyslu, že se mu jako prvnímu podařilo propojit vysokou a nižší literaturu.Proslavil se především trojicí prvních románů Sběratel, Mág a Francouzova milenka. Všechny tři byly zfilmovány, k Mágovi dokonce Fowles napsal vlastní scénář. Odmítá být zaškatulkován povrchní nálepkou „romanopisec J. F.“ a svůj názor hájí v knize poznámek a myšlenek Aristos, jako jeden z mnoha motivů se tento vzdor mihne i metarománem Mantisa. Wikipedia

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„When you draw something it lives and when you photograph it it dies“

—  John Fowles, kniha The Collector

Zdroj: The Collector

„Between skin and skin, there is only light.“

—  John Fowles, kniha Mág

Zdroj: The Magus

„There is only one good definition of God: the freedom that allows other freedoms to exist.“

—  John Fowles, kniha The French Lieutenant's Woman

Zdroj: The French Lieutenant's Woman (1969), Ch. 13, p. 99

„I'm not really sorry. But I'm not absolutely unsorry.“

—  John Fowles, kniha The Collector

Zdroj: The Collector

„But forgetting's not something you do, it happens to you. Only it didn't happen to me“

—  John Fowles, kniha The Collector

Varianta: Forgetting’s not something you do, it happens to you. Only it didn’t happen to me.
Zdroj: The Collector

„The genius, of course, is largely indifferent to contemporary success; and his commitment to his ideals, both artistic and political, is profoundly, Byronically, indifferent to their contemporary popularity.“

—  John Fowles, kniha The Aristos

The Aristos (1964)
Kontext: The artefacts of a genius are distinguished by rich human content, for which he forges new images and new techniques, creates new styles. He sees himself as a unique eruption in the desert of the banal. He feels himself mysteriously inspired or possessed. The craftsman, on the other hand, is content to use the traditional materials and techniques. The more self-possessed he is, the better craftsman he will be. What pleases him is skill of execution. He is very concerned with his contemporary success, his market value. If a certain kind of political commitment is fashionable, he may be committed; but out of fashion, not conviction. The genius, of course, is largely indifferent to contemporary success; and his commitment to his ideals, both artistic and political, is profoundly, Byronically, indifferent to their contemporary popularity. <!-- no. 61

„I know what I am to him. A butterfly he has always wanted to catch.“

—  John Fowles, kniha The Collector

The Collector (1963)
Kontext: I know what I am to him. A butterfly he has always wanted to catch. I remember (the very first time I met him) G. P. saying that collectors were the worst animals of all. He meant art collectors, of course. I didn’t really understand, I thought he was just trying to shock Caroline — and me. But of course, he is right. They’re anti-life, anti-art, anti-everything.

„The artefacts of a genius are distinguished by rich human content, for which he forges new images and new techniques, creates new styles. He sees himself as a unique eruption in the desert of the banal.“

—  John Fowles, kniha The Aristos

The Aristos (1964)
Kontext: The artefacts of a genius are distinguished by rich human content, for which he forges new images and new techniques, creates new styles. He sees himself as a unique eruption in the desert of the banal. He feels himself mysteriously inspired or possessed. The craftsman, on the other hand, is content to use the traditional materials and techniques. The more self-possessed he is, the better craftsman he will be. What pleases him is skill of execution. He is very concerned with his contemporary success, his market value. If a certain kind of political commitment is fashionable, he may be committed; but out of fashion, not conviction. The genius, of course, is largely indifferent to contemporary success; and his commitment to his ideals, both artistic and political, is profoundly, Byronically, indifferent to their contemporary popularity. <!-- no. 61

„I don’t think the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament has much chance of actually affecting the government. It’s one of the first things you have to face up to. But we do it to keep our self-respect to show to ourselves, each one to himself or herself, that we care.“

—  John Fowles, kniha The Collector

The Collector (1963)
Kontext: I don’t think the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament has much chance of actually affecting the government. It’s one of the first things you have to face up to. But we do it to keep our self-respect to show to ourselves, each one to himself or herself, that we care. And to let other people, all the lazy, sulky, hopeless ones like you, know that someone cares. We’re trying to shame you into thinking about it, about acting.

„We all write poems; it is simply that poets are the ones who write in words.“

—  John Fowles, kniha The French Lieutenant's Woman

Zdroj: The French Lieutenant's Woman

„We all want things we can't have. Being a decent human being is accepting that.“

—  John Fowles, kniha The Collector

Zdroj: The Collector

„I am infinitely strange to myself.“

—  John Fowles, kniha The French Lieutenant's Woman

Zdroj: Charles to Sarah in Ch. 47, p. 340 note: The French Lieutenant's Woman (1969)

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