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Michel Faber

Datum narození: 13. duben 1960

Michel Faber je spisovatel, který se narodil v Nizozemsku, poté žil a pracoval v Austrálii a poté se přestěhoval do Skotska.


„V anglicky mluvících zemích, možná i v České republice, se ujal velmi nešťastný názor, že vážná literatura by nám měla prospívat. Něco jako když jíme müsli – možná to nechutná zrovna skvěle, ale je to prospěšné zdraví.“

„A single day spent doing things which fail to nourish the soul is a day stolen, mutilated, and discarded in the gutter of destiny.“ The Crimson Petal and the White


„Participating in Society in not a thing one can do naturally; one has to rehearse for it.“ The Crimson Petal and the White

„I am a fallen woman, but I assure you: I did not fall. I was pushed.“

„The world changes too fast. You take your eyes off something that's always been there, and the next minute it's just a memory.“ The Book of Strange New Things

„Most true things are kind of corny, don’t you think? But we make them more sophisticated out of sheer embarrassment.“ The Book of Strange New Things

„Shared suffering, she’d found, was no guarantee of intimacy.“ Under the Skin

„Some people go through the heavy stuff. They fight in wars. They're in jail. They start a business and it gets shut down by gangsters. They end up hustling their ass in a foreign country. It's one long list of setbacks and humiliations. But it doesn't touch them, not really. They're having an adventure. It's like: What's next? And then there's other people who are just trying to live quietly, they stay out of trouble, they're maybe ten years old, or fourteen, and one Friday morning at 9:35 something happens to them, something private, something that breaks their heart. Forever.“ The Book of Strange New Things


„History indulges strange whims in the way it dresses its women.“ The Crimson Petal and the White

„Why are there such long words in the world, Miss?’ enquires Sophie, when the mineralogy lesson is over.
‘One long difficult word is the same as a whole sentence full of short easy ones, Sophie,’ says Sugar. ‘It saves time and paper.’ Seeing that the child is unconvinced, she adds, ‘If books were written in such a way that every person, no matter how young, could understand everything in them, they would be enormously long books. Would you wish to read a book that was a thousand pages long, Sophie?’
Sophie answers without hesitation.
‘I would read a thousand million pages, Miss, if all the words were words I could understand.“
The Crimson Petal and the White

„Isn't Heaven reward enough, without needing to see the damned punished?“ The Crimson Petal and the White

„Being apart was wrong. Simply lying side by side did more for a relationship than words. A warm bed, a nest of animal intimacy. Words could be misunderstood, whereas loving companionship bred trust.“ The Book of Strange New Things


„Sugar leans her chin against the knuckles of the hand that holds the pen. Glistening on the page between her silk-shrouded elbows lies an unfinished sentence. The heroine of her novel has just slashed the throat of a man. The problem is how, precisely, the blood will flow. Flow is too gentle a word; spill implies carelessness; spurt is out of the question because she has used the word already, in another context, a few lines earlier. Pour out implies that the man has some control over the matter, which he most emphatically doesn’t; leak is too feeble for the savagery of the injury she has inflicted upon him. Sugar closes her eyes and watches, in the lurid theatre of her mind, the blood issue from the slit neck. When Mrs Castaway’s warning bell sounds, she jerks in surprise.
Hastily, she scrutinises her bedroom. Everything is neat and tidy. All her papers are hidden away, except for this single sheet on her writing-desk.
Spew, she writes, having finally been given, by tardy Providence, the needful word.“
The Crimson Petal and the White

„Peter...” She let her head fall back against the seat and sighed. “Let’s not go there.”
“That’s what people always say about places where they already are.“
The Book of Strange New Things

„But miracles are not for the asking; they come only when the stern eyes of God droop shut for a moment, and Our Lady takes advantage of His inattention to grant an illicit mercy. God... is an Anglican, whereas Our Lady is of the True Faith; the two of Them have an uneasy relationship, unable to agree on anything, except that if They divorce, the Devil will leap gleefully into the breach.“ The Crimson Petal and the White

„Yes, seven years old she was, when she finally plucked up the courage to ask her mother what Christmas was all about, and Mrs Castaway replied (once only, after which the subject was forever forbidden): ‘It’s the day Jesus Christ died for our sins. Evidently unsuccessfully, since we’re still paying for them.“ The Crimson Petal and the White

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