Saturday, July 29, 2006

Margaret Atwood

from Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing

"Dante begins the Divine Comedy - which is both a poem and a record of the composition of that poem - with an account of finding himself in a dark, tangled wood, at night, having lost his way, after which the sun begins to rise. Virginia Woolf said that writing a novel is like walking through a dark room, holding a lantern which lights up what is already in the room anyway. Margeret Laurence and others have said that it is like Jacob wrestling with his angel in the night - an act in which wounding, naming, and blessing all take place at once."
p xxiii Introduction: Into the labyrinth

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