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Margaret Atwoodová

Dátum narodenia: 18. november 1939
Ďalšie mená: Margaret Eleanor Atwood

Margaret Eleanor Atwoodová je kanadská spisovateľka.

Citáty Margaret Atwoodová

„My trade is courage and atrocities.
I look at them and do not condemn.
I write things down the way they happened,
as near as can be remembered.
I don’t ask why, because it is mostly the same.
Wars happen because the ones who start them
think they can win.“

—  Margaret Atwood, kniha Morning in the Burned House

Morning in the Burned House (1995), The Loneliness of the Military Historian
Kontext: Instead of this, I tell
what I hope will pass as truth.
A blunt thing, not lovely.
The truth is seldom welcome,
especially at dinner,
though I am good at what I do.
My trade is courage and atrocities.
I look at them and do not condemn.
I write things down the way they happened,
as near as can be remembered.
I don’t ask why, because it is mostly the same.
Wars happen because the ones who start them
think they can win.

„After a year or two of keeping my head down and trying to pass myself off as a normal person, I made contact with the five other people at my university who were interested in writing“

—  Margaret Atwood

On Writing Poetry (1995)
Kontext: After a year or two of keeping my head down and trying to pass myself off as a normal person, I made contact with the five other people at my university who were interested in writing; and through them, and some of my teachers, I discovered that there was a whole subterranean Wonderland of Canadian writing that was going on just out of general earshot and sight

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„War is what happens when language fails.“

—  Margaret Atwood, kniha The Robber Bride

The Robber Bride (1993), Ch. 6

„Do not let the bastards grind you down.“

—  Margaret Atwood, kniha The Handmaid's Tale

Originál: (la) Nolite te bastardes carborundorum.
Varianta: Do not let the bastards grind you down.
Zdroj: The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), Chapter 9 (p. 52)
Zdroj: The Handmaid's Tale

„Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.“

—  Margaret Atwood

Kontext: "Why do men feel threatened by women?" I asked a male friend of mine. (I love that wonderful rhetorical device, "a male friend of mine." It's often used by female journalists when they want to say something particularly bitchy but don't want to be held responsible for it themselves. It also lets people know that you do have male friends, that you aren't one of those fire-breathing mythical monsters, The Radical Feminists, who walk around with little pairs of scissors and kick men in the shins if they open doors for you. "A male friend of mine" also gives — let us admit it — a certain weight to the opinions expressed.) So this male friend of mine, who does by the way exist, conveniently entered into the following dialogue. "I mean," I said, "men are bigger, most of the time, they can run faster, strangle better, and they have on the average a lot more money and power." "They're afraid women will laugh at them," he said. "Undercut their world view." Then I asked some women students in a quickie poetry seminar I was giving, "Why do women feel threatened by men?" "They're afraid of being killed," they said.

„Ignoring isn’t the same as ignorance, you have to work at it.“

—  Margaret Atwood, kniha The Handmaid's Tale

Varianta: We lived, as usual by ignoring. Ignoring isn't the same as ignorance, you have to work at it.
Zdroj: The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), Chapter 10 (p. 56)
Zdroj: The Handmaid's Tale

„Better never means better for everyone… It always means worse, for some.“

—  Margaret Atwood, kniha The Handmaid's Tale

Varianta: Better never means better for everyone.
Zdroj: The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), Chapter 32 (p. 211)
Zdroj: The Handmaid's Tale
Kontext: You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs, is what he says. We thought we could do better.
Better? I say, in a small voice. How can he think this is better?
Better never means better for everyone, he says. It always means worse, for some.

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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