Curtains Alike

During my Europe trip last month, I was reading a book by Milan Kundera, entitled  ‘The Curtain: An Assay in Seven Parts.’

Most impressive to me through this book was a good comparison made by Kundera between the poet and the novelist. The poet is one who ‘gives voice to his inner world so as to stir in his audience the feelings, the states of mind he experiences.’ (Hegel), or as Kundera recalls in his introspection that ‘ I have long seen youth as the lyrical age, that is, the age when the individual, focused almost exclusively on himself, is unable to see, to comprehend, to judge clearly the world around him.’ The novelist, on the other hand, should be ‘born from the ruins of his lyrical world’, because ‘to pass from immaturity to maturity is to move beyond the lyrical attitude.’

Modern novel-writing, according to Kundera, is to unveil the counterfactuals of life. Life has weighted the events by a vector of probabilities, but the novelist re-weights the events so that the ‘counterfactuals’ (those with low probability to happen in real life) can unfold themselves. Modern science is the same. Scientific facts might not be obviously realized, but we should not deny their existence. As modern novelists, we are tearing curtains alike.

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