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John Lanchester

Datum narození: 25. únor 1962

John Lanchester je britský spisovatel.


„Když tak o tom dnes uvažoval, viděl, že internet je obrovské kolektivní spiknutí, jehož cílem je marnit čas lidí. Díky tomu, že intelektuální hnutí dostalo neomezenou svobodu, vyšlo najevo, co především lidé chtějí: civět na fotky, kde herečka Kelly Brooková ukazuje kozy.“

„The person doing the worrying experiences it as a form of love; the person being worried about experiences it as a form of control.“ Capital


„The standard personality type for a writer is a shy megalomaniac.“

„But knowing that you had gone wrong, and knowing how you had gone wrong, were not the same thing as knowing how to put it right.“ Capital

„He had a simple maxim for all competitive or adversarial situations: work out what the other party least wants you to do, and then do it. Relieving your feelings was fun, but the best course of action was to make things as difficult as possible for the person trying to make things difficult for you.“ Capital

„But the thing which had made him fall for her, fall properly, was the way she seemed so calm and so quiet and so sad. Surrounded by noisy bankers showing off, and their variously pushy or beady or anxious or competitive wives, she seemed to be from somewhere else; a place where people carried their own burdens; a grander and realer and more honourable place. Roger didn't know that Matya spent a lot of that evening thinking about home, but he could tell that she was thinking about something, and it was that other thing which, for him, did it.“ Capital

„London was so rich, and also so green, and somehow so detailed: full of stuff that had been made, and bought, and placed, and groomed, and shaped, and washed clean, and put on display as if the whole city was for sale.“ Capital

„You heard people say forty was the new thirty and fifty was the new forty and sixty was the new forty-five, but you never heard anybody say eighty was the new anything. Eighty was just eighty.“ Capital


„Mere adequacy is never adequate.“ The Debt to Pleasure

„It gave her a sudden sense that it was now her turn to grow old, to find the world changing, sliding away from the old ways of being and behaving, so that you were gradually a stranger to the place you lived in. The woman priest with jogging clothes and a BlackBerry gave Mary a glimpse of what life must have been like for her mother as she grew older.“ Capital

„Humans make their own history, but not under circumstances of their choosing.“ Capital

„No, Roger had not seen the funny side. But there had been a moment when, after looking at his watch, he had thought: I can remember when Christmas morning would start at about half past ten with a glass of Buck's Fizz in bed. Now it begins at half past five, with a test of my fine motor skills and ability to read Korean.“ Capital


„All the Kamals were fluent in irritation. They loved each other but were almost always annoyed by each other, in ways that were both generalised and existential (why is he like that?) and also highly specific (how hard is it to remember to put the top back on the yoghurt?).“ Capital

„In all memory there is a degree of fallenness; we are all exiles from our own pasts, just as, on looking up from a book, we discover anew our banishment from the bright worlds of imagination and fantasy. A cross-channel ferry, with its overfilled ashtrays and vomiting children, is as good a place as any to reflect on the angel who stands with a flaming sword in front of the gateway to all our yesterdays.“ The Debt to Pleasure

„On the opposite wall was a Damien Hirst spot painting, bought by Arabella after a decent bonus season. Roger's considered view of the painting, looking at it from aesthetic, art-historical, interior-design, and psychological points of view, was that it had cost forty-seven thousand pounds, plus VAT.“ Capital

„The seven Ps: Proper Planning and Preparation Prevent Piss-Poor Performance“ Capital

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