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2009年02月18日 11:05





"When I was asked to accept this award, I was warned from coming here because of the fighting in Gaza. I asked myself: Is visiting Israel the proper thing to do? Will I be supporting one side?"

"and that I endorsed the policy of a nation that chose to unleash its overwhelming military power"

"I gave it some thought. And I decided to come. Like most novelists, I like to do exactly the opposite of what I'm told. It's in my nature as a novelist. Novelists can't trust anything they haven't seen with their own eyes or touched with their own hands, so I chose to see, I chose to speak here rather than say nothing. So here is what I have come to say"

"It is something I keep in my mind, always keep in my mind while I am writing fiction. I have never gone so far as to write it on a piece of paper and paste it to the wall, rather it is carved into the wall of my mind. It goes something like this-"

"If there is a hard, high wall and an egg that breaks against it, no matter how right the wall or how wrong the egg, I will stand on the side of the egg.

"Why? Because each of us is an egg, a unique soul enclosed in a fragile egg. Each of us is confronting a high wall. The high wall is the system which forces us to do the things we would not ordinarily see fit to do as individuals. "

"sometimes takes on a life of its own and it begins to kill us and cause us to kill others coldly, efficiently and systematically."

"Each of us possesses a tangible living soul. The system has no such thing. We must not allow the system to exploit us"

"I have only one purpose in writing novels. That is to draw out the unique divinity of the individual. To gratify uniqueness. To keep the system from tangling us. So - I write stories of life, love. Make people laugh and cry."

"To all appearances, we have no hope...the wall is too high and too strong...If we have any hope of victory at all, it will have to come from our utter uniqueness"

"We must not let the system control us - create who we are. It is we who created the system."

"I am grateful to you, Israelis, for reading my books. I hope we are sharing something meaningful. You are the biggest reason why I am here."


"It is we who created the system."