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Toni Morrison

Datum narození: 18. únor 1931
Datum úmrtí: 5. srpen 2019

Toni Morrisonová, vlastním jménem Chloe Anthony Wofford [nenalezeno v uvedeném zdroji] byla americká spisovatelka, redaktorka a profesorka. V roce 1993 obdržela Nobelovu ceny za literaturu. Její knihy jsou známy díky užívání epických témat, živých dialogů a propracovaných charakteristik postav afroamerického původu. Mezi její nejznámější knihy patří Velmi modré oči, Píseň o Šalamounovi nebo Milovaná, za kterou získala v roce 1988 Pulitzerovu cenu. Americkým časopisem s názvem Ladies' Home Journal byla vybrána mezi třicet nejmocnějších žen v Americe.

„Pokud víte o knize, kterou byste si rádi přečetli, ale ještě ji nikdo nenapsal, musíte ji napsat sami.“

—  Toni Morrison

Zdroj: [Schnakenberg, Robert, 2010, Tajné životy slavných spisovatelů, Knižní klub, 1, 270, 978-80-242-2598-2]

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„Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.“

—  Toni Morrison, kniha Beloved

Zdroj: Beloved (1987)
Kontext: Bit by bit, at 124 and in the Clearing, along with others, she had claimed herself. Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another. <!-- ~ Ch. 9

„Beloved, you are my sister, you are my daughter, you are my face; you are me.“

—  Toni Morrison, kniha Beloved

Beloved (1987)
Kontext: Beloved, you are my sister, you are my daughter, you are my face; you are me. <!-- ~ Ch. 22

„There is just a little music, each other and the urgency of what is at stake. Which is all they had. For that work, the work of language is to get out of the way.“

—  Toni Morrison

"Unspeakable Things Unspoken: The Afro-American Presence in American Literature" in Michigan Quarterly Review 28, no. 1 (Winter 1989)
Kontext: Beginning Beloved with numerals rather than spelled out numbers, it was my intention to give the house an identity separate from the street or even the city... Numbers here constitute an address, a thrilling enough prospect for slaves who had owned nothing, least of all an address. And although the numbers, unlike words, can have no modifiers, I give these an adjective — spiteful… A few words have to be read before it is clear that 124 refers to a house … and a few more have to be read to discover why it is spiteful, or rather the source of the spite. By then it is clear, if not at once, that something is beyond control, but is not beyond understanding since it is not beyond accommodation by both the "women" and the "children." The fully realized presence of the haunting is both a major incumbent of the narrative and sleight of hand. One of its purposes is to keep the reader preoccupied with the nature of the incredible spirit world while being supplied a controlled diet of the incredible political world. … Here I wanted the compelling confusion of being there as they (the characters) are; suddenly, without comfort or succor from the "author," with only imagination, intelligence, and necessity available for the journey. …. No compound of houses, no neighborhood, no sculpture, no paint, no time, especially no time because memory, pre-historic memory, has no time. There is just a little music, each other and the urgency of what is at stake. Which is all they had. For that work, the work of language is to get out of the way.

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