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Nathalie Sarraute


"The word 'psychology' is one that no author today can hear said about her work without lowering her eyes and blushing."

"Neither reproaches nor encouragements are able to revive a faith that is waning."

"The reader has to be creative when he's reading. He has to try to make the thing alive. A good reader has to do a certain amount of work when he is reading. "

"The novel moves like all the arts. It's transforming itself all the time."

"Those who live in a world of human beings can only retrace their steps. "

"I don't admire Freud as much as some people do. Imagine Shakespeare being aware of the Oedipal complex when he wrote Hamlet. It would have been a disaster. "

"Literature is always trying to show other parts of this immense universe in which we live. It's endless. I'm sure there will be other writers who will discover new worlds." 

"I think it's very painful, and that it's better not to have any doubts. I envy those who don't have any; I envy them a lot. They are happy people."


Nathalie Sarraute, 1900-1999

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