"Should anyone flatter us by asking us what we are searching for, we think immediately, almost instinctively, in vast terms—God, fulfillment, love—but our lives are actually made up of tiny searches for things … Add them together, and these things make up an epic quest."
“Look, I’m a novelist, you know? Don’t ask me to solve the problems of the world, it’s hard enough to express the problems of the world.”—
During his visit to the 2014 Melbourne Writers Festival, Salman Rushdiereflected on the continuing controversy over his decision, twenty-five years ago, to withdraw his novel The Satanic Verses in the face of fatwa.
“You have lost your reason and taken the wrong path. You have taken lies for truth, and hideousness for beauty. You would marvel if, owing to strange events of some sorts, frogs and lizards suddenly grew on apple and orange trees instead of fruit, or if roses began to smell like a sweating horse; so I marvel at you who exchange heaven for earth. I don’t want to understand you.”—Anton Chekhov