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Nathanael West

Data di nascita: 17. Ottobre 1903
Data di morte: 22. Dicembre 1940

Nathanael West, pseudonimo di Nathan Wallenstein Weinstein , è stato uno scrittore statunitense.

La sua notorietà, limitata e controversa al momento della sua morte, avvenuta in un incidente d'auto, è andata progressivamente crescendo.

„I numeri costituiscono il solo linguaggio universale.“ libro Signorina cuorinfranti

„Numbers constitute the only universal language.“

„He read it for the same reason an animal tears at a wounded foot: to hurt the pain.“ Miss Lonelyhearts

„Only those who still have hope can benefit from tears.“ The Day of the Locust

„Their boredom becomes more and more terrible. They realize that they’ve been tricked and burn with resentment. Every day of their lives they read the newspapers and went to the movies. Both fed them on lynchings, murder, sex crimes, explosions, wrecks, love nests, fires, miracles, revolutions, war. This daily diet made sophisticates of them. The sun is a joke. Oranges can’t titillate their jaded palates. Nothing can ever be violent enough to make taut their slack minds and bodies. They have been cheated and betrayed. They have slaved and saved for nothing.“ The Day of the Locust

„He smoked a cigarette, standing in the dark and listening to her undress. She made sea sounds; something flapped like a sail; there was the creak of ropes; then he heard the wave-against-a-wharf smack of rubber on flesh. Her call for him to hurry was a sea-moan, and when he lay beside her, she heaved, tidal, moon-driven.“ Miss Lonelyhearts / The Day of the Locust

„At college, and perhaps for a year afterwards, they had believed in literature, had believed in Beauty and in personal expression as an absolute end. When they lost this belief, they lost everything.“ Miss Lonelyhearts and A Cool Million

„He's an escapist. He wants to cultivate his interior garden.“ Miss Lonelyhearts

„Only those who still have hope can benefit from tears. When they finish, they feel better. But to those without hope, whose anguish is basic and permanent, no good comes from crying. Nothing changes for them. They usually know this, but still can’t help crying.“ The Day of the Locust

„It is hard to laugh at the need for beauty and romance, no matter how tasteless, even horrible, the results of that need are. But it is easy to sigh. Few things are sadder than the truly monstrous.“

„Her sureness was based on the power to limit experience arbitrarily.“ Miss Lonelyhearts

„Feeling is of the heart and nerves and the crudeness of its expression has nothing to do with its intensity.“

„Art Is a Way Out. Do not let life overwhelm you. When the old paths are choked with the débris of failure, look for newer and fresher paths. Art is just such a path. Art is distilled from suffering.“ Miss Lonelyhearts

„He felt as though his heart were a bomb, a complicated bomb that would result in a simple explosion, wrecking the world without rocking it.“ Miss Lonelyhearts / The Day of the Locust

„But whether he was happy or not was hard to say. Probably he was neither, just as a plant is neither.“ Miss Lonelyhearts & The Day of the Locust

„You once said to me that I talk like a man in a book. I not only talk, but think and feel like one. I have spent my life in books; literature has deeply dyed my brain its own colour. This literary colouring is a protective one--like the brown of the rabbit or the checks of the quail--making it impossible for me to tell where literature ends and I begin.“ The Dream Life of Balso Snell

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