Saturday, December 27, 2008

Harold Pinter, 1930-2008: Artist of the unexpected

“The speech we hear is an indication of that which we don't hear. It is a necessary avoidance, a violent, sly, and anguished or mocking smoke screen which keeps the other in its true place. When true silence falls we are left with echo but are nearer nakedness. One way of looking at speech is to say that it is a constant stratagem to cover nakedness.” -- Harold Pinter, 78.

“Pinter did what Auden said a poet should do. He cleaned the gutters of the English language, so that it ever afterwards flowed more easily and more cleanly. We can also say that over his work and over his person hovers a sort of leonine, predatory spirit which is all the more powerful for being held under in a rigid discipline of form, or in a black suit...The essence of his singular appeal is that you sit down to every play he writes in certain expectation of the unexpected. In sum, this tribute from one writer to another: you never know what the hell's coming next.” -- David Hare in Harold Pinter:A Celebration

More tributes: “Our greatest modern playwright.” “A lifelong outsider.” “Playwright of the anxious pause.” “The finest dramatist of his generation.”


beektur said...

Bakit is Eartha walang tribute? It's amper!

Happy New Year!

waltzang said...

nakakaloka ang mga plays ni harold pinter. i tried reading "the dumbwaiter" ... nag cartwheels ang brain ko! kaya nagbasa na lang ako ng "oedipus" ni sophocles para mag calm down ako. (naks! sophocles talaga?) does anyone have a copy of "the maids" by jean genet to give to me? or kahit lend lang?

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