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Stendhal on Literature and Politics



La politique dans une œuvre littéraire c’est un coup de pistolet au milieu d’un concert–quelque chose de grossier et auquel pourtant il n’est pas possible de refuser son attention.

Politics in a literary work is a pistol shot in the middle of a concert—a rather coarse matter, but, on the other hand, something which one ignores at one’s own peril.

Marie-Henri Beyle (Stendhal), La Chartreuse de Parme ch xxiii(1839) in: Romans et nouvelles, vol. 2, p. 405 (Pléiade ed. 1968)(S.H. transl.)

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