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Saki

Datum narození: 18. prosinec 1870
Datum úmrtí: 13. listopad 1916

Hector Hugh Munro , používající umělecký pseudonym Saki, byl britský spisovatel, který zahynul v 1. světové válce. Ve své době vyvolal živý, ale pomíjivý ohlas aktuální politickou satirou, otiskovanou po částech ve známých londýnských časopisech. Největší popularitu si ovšem získaly jeho krátké povídky s hutně koncipovaným příběhem, které dokázal obdařit i mnoha nadčasovými postřehy. Munro byl průkopníkem novodobé povídky v době, kdy jako specifický literární druh neměla dosud tolik pěstitelů.

Citáty Saki

„Confront a child, a puppy, and a kitten with a sudden danger; the child will turn instinctively for assistance, the puppy will grovel in abject submission to the impending visitation, the kitten will brace its tiny body for a frantic resistance.“

—  Saki

"The Achievement of the Cat"
The Square Egg (1924)
Kontext: The animal which the Egyptians worshipped as divine, which the Romans venerated as a symbol of liberty, which Europeans in the ignorant Middle Ages anathematised as an agent of demonology, has displayed to all ages two closely blended characteristics — courage and self-respect. No matter how unfavourable the circumstances, both qualities are always to the fore. Confront a child, a puppy, and a kitten with a sudden danger; the child will turn instinctively for assistance, the puppy will grovel in abject submission to the impending visitation, the kitten will brace its tiny body for a frantic resistance. And disassociate the luxury-loving cat from the atmosphere of social comfort in which it usually contrives to move, and observe it critically under the adverse conditions of civilisation — that civilisation which can impel a man to the degradation of clothing himself in tawdry ribald garments and capering mountebank dances in the streets for the earning of the few coins that keep him on the respectable, or non-criminal, side of society. The cat of the slums and alleys, starved, outcast, harried, still keeps amid the prowlings of its adversity the bold, free, panther-tread with which it paced of yore the temple courts of Thebes, still displays the self-reliant watchfulness which man has never taught it to lay aside.

„The cat of the slums and alleys, starved, outcast, harried, still keeps amid the prowlings of its adversity the bold, free, panther-tread with which it paced of yore the temple courts of Thebes, still displays the self-reliant watchfulness which man has never taught it to lay aside.“

—  Saki

"The Achievement of the Cat"
The Square Egg (1924)
Kontext: The animal which the Egyptians worshipped as divine, which the Romans venerated as a symbol of liberty, which Europeans in the ignorant Middle Ages anathematised as an agent of demonology, has displayed to all ages two closely blended characteristics — courage and self-respect. No matter how unfavourable the circumstances, both qualities are always to the fore. Confront a child, a puppy, and a kitten with a sudden danger; the child will turn instinctively for assistance, the puppy will grovel in abject submission to the impending visitation, the kitten will brace its tiny body for a frantic resistance. And disassociate the luxury-loving cat from the atmosphere of social comfort in which it usually contrives to move, and observe it critically under the adverse conditions of civilisation — that civilisation which can impel a man to the degradation of clothing himself in tawdry ribald garments and capering mountebank dances in the streets for the earning of the few coins that keep him on the respectable, or non-criminal, side of society. The cat of the slums and alleys, starved, outcast, harried, still keeps amid the prowlings of its adversity the bold, free, panther-tread with which it paced of yore the temple courts of Thebes, still displays the self-reliant watchfulness which man has never taught it to lay aside.

„His socks compelled one's attention without losing one's respect.“

—  Saki, The Chronicles of Clovis

"Ministers of Grace"
The Chronicles of Clovis (1911)

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„I'm living so far beyond my income that we may almost be said to be living apart.“

—  Saki

The Unbearable Bassington http://books.google.com/books?id=xOXizk60YroC&q="I'm+living+so+far+beyond+my+income+that+we+may+almost+be+said+to+be+living+apart"&pg=PA59#v=onepage (1912)

„The people of Crete unfortunately make more history than they can consume locally.“

—  Saki, The Chronicles of Clovis

"The Jesting of Arlington Stringham"
The Chronicles of Clovis (1911)

„But, good gracious, you've got to educate him first. You can't expect a boy to be vicious till he's been to a good school.“

—  Saki

" The Baker's Dozen http://books.google.com/books?id=T64eeKXfGfUC&q="But+good+gracious+you've+got+to+educate+him+first+You+can't+expect+a+boy+to+be+vicious+till+he's+been+to+a+good+school"&pg=PA196#v=onepage"
Reginald in Russia (1910)

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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