Apontamentos fugazes 146

Reality in writing

«But isn’t one’s pain quotient shocking enough without fictional amplification, without giving things an intensity that is ephemeral in life and sometimes even unseen? Not for some. For some very, very few that amplification, evolving uncertainly out of nothing, constitutes their only assurance, and the unlived, the surmise, fully drawn in print on paper, is the life whose meaning comes to matter the most.»

Zuckerman in «Exit ghost», Philip Roth, Vintage, pp. 147

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