- Milan Kundera, in a 1980 interview with Philip Roth:
"The stupidity of people comes from having an answer for everything.
of the novel comes from having a question for everything. When Don
out into the world, that world turned into a mystery before his eyes.
the legacy of the first European novel to the entire subsequent
history of the
novel. The novelist teaches the reader to comprehend the world as a
There is wisdom and tolerance in that attitude. In a world built on
certainties the novel is dead. The totalitarian world whether founded
Islam or anything else, is a world of answers rather than questions.
case, it seems to me that all over the world people nowadays prefer
rather than to understand, to answer rather than to ask, so that
voice of the
novel can hardly be heard over the foolishness of human certainties."
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