Who Understands Literature? | Clarissa’s Blog

Who Understands Literature? | Clarissa’s Blog

Well Nietzsche said that the author should shut up once they have written what they’ve had to say, because basically they are driven by spirits that they cannot hope to understand (a shamanic analysis of the writing process in a way).
As for me, I spy a deeper problem, which is that every writer has a sphere of influence or (to put it differently) range of cultural communication. This range, unfortunately (or fortunately) cannot be forced. It may be very limited, as in my case, it seems, because I write mostly about the unravelling of minds due to regime change and civil war. (You will see this cursory statement is by not means an explanation, but a delimitation of sorts.) A writer cannot manage to extend his or her sphere of communication by speaking plainly about their range. They can only acknowledge the likely delimitations. It is mental confusion to think you can build bridges of communication with explanations.
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