Tuesday, January 10, 2012

On the lie of nostalgia

"...I try in vain to escape the obsessions that are certainly real, permanent, and true, and that weave the final chain of events, the evident destination of my journey through the world...

...To learn, above all, to distrust memory. What we believe we remember is completely alien to, completely different from what really happened. So many moments of irritating, wearisome disgust are returned to us years later by memory as splendidly happy episodes. Nostalgia is the lie that speeds our approach to death. To live without remembering may be the secret of the gods."

-- from Maqroll: Three Novellas by Alvaro Mutis, translated by Edith Grossman

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