segunda-feira, 10 de outubro de 2016


“Suppose then that you began with the proposition that boredom was a kind of pain caused by unused powers, the pain of wasted possibilities or talents, and was accompanied by expectations of the optimun utilization of capacities. […] Modern French literature is especially preoccupied with the theme of boredom. Stendhal mentioned it on every page, Flaubert devoted books to it, and Baudelaire was its chief poet. What is the reason for this peculiar French sensitivity? Can it be because the ‘ancien régime’, fearing another Fronde, created a court that emptied the provinces of talent?”

Saul Bellow (1915-2005). Humboldt's Gift (1975). London: Penguin Books, 2008, p. 201

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