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Ralph Ellison

Datum narození: 1. březen 1914
Datum úmrtí: 16. duben 1994

Ralph Waldo Ellison byl americký spisovatel, romanopisec, esejista, literární kritik a akademik. Nejvíce se proslavil románem Neviditelný , díky kterému získal v roce 1953 cenu National Book Award. Román pojednává o zkušenosti marginalizovaného černocha. Napsal také sbírku politických, společenských a kritických esejí Shadow and Act a sbírku Going to the Territory . Posmrtně vyšel jeho román Juneteenth , který byl sestaven z rozsáhlých rukopisných poznámek, které po sobě zanechal.

„...jeden z nejvýznamnějších amerických esejistů, černých nebo bílých...“

„Ve svobodě je vždycky prvek zločinu.“

„What and how much had I lost by trying to do only what was expected of me instead of what I myself had wished to do?“ Invisible Man

„When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.“ Invisible Man

„Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.“ Invisible Man

„The world is a possibility if only you'll discover it.“ Invisible Man

„I am an invisible man. 
No I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allen Poe: 
Nor am I one of your Hollywood movie ectoplasms.
I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids
- and I might even be said to possess a mind. 
I am invisible, simply because people refuse to see me.“

„I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me. Like the bodiless heads you see sometimes in circus sideshows, it is as though I have been surrounded by mirrors of hard, distorting glass. When they approach me they see only my surroundings, themselves or figments of their imagination, indeed, everything and anything except me.“ Invisible Man

„I was never more hated than when I tried to be honest. Or when, even as just now I've tried to articulate exactly what I felt to be the truth. No one was satisfied“ Invisible Man

„Power doesn't have to show off. Power is confident, self-assuring, self-starting and self-stopping, self-warming and self-justifying. When you have it, you know it.“ Invisible Man

„It goes a long way back, some twenty years. All my life I had been looking for something, and everywhere I turned someone tried to tell me what it was. I accepted their answers too, though they were often in contradiction and even self-contradictory. I was naive. I was looking for myself and asking everyone except myself questions which I, and only I, could answer. It took me a long time and much painful boomeranging of my expectations to achieve a realization everyone else appears to have been born with: That I am nobody but myself. But first I had to discover that I am an invisible man!“

„And my problem was that I always tried to go in everyone's way but my own.“ Invisible Man

„I remember that I'm invisible and walk softly so as not awake the sleeping ones. Sometimes it is best not to awaken them; there are few things in the world as dangerous as sleepwalkers.“ Invisible Man

„And I knew that it was better to live out one's absurdity than to die for that of others.“

„Perhaps to lose a sense of where you are implies the danger of losing a sense of who you are.“ Invisible Man

„Who knows but that, on the lower frequencies, I speak for you?“ Invisible Man

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