“The short sentence is artificial”

Laszlo Krasznahorkai interviewed at The Guardian:

“… the short sentence is artificial – we use almost never short sentences, we make pause, or we hold on a part of a sentence end …” he reaches for it with his left hand as it passes “… but this characteristic, very classical, short sentence – at the end with a dot – this is artificial, this is only a custom, this is perhaps helpful for the reader, but for only one reason, that the readers in the last few thousand years have learned that a short sentence is easier to understand, this is also a custom, but if you think, you almost never use short sentences, if you listen …”

This is not only when writing, when thinking, he continues, but “… in daily life – if you are in a bar, and if you drink with somebody – your friend, your acquaintance, an unknown person who speaks, who tells you something – he wants or she wants to tell this something very, very much, because we all have only one sentence, and we are looking for this sentence where we have some power to say something, for one sentence, in one life we have only one sentence and everybody in a bar or in a school or in a university or everywhere, in the street are looking for their own sentence, and this man or this woman doesn’t look for a pause, for this artificial, very easily understandable kind of sentence, no, he or she always uses always very, very long, fluent word combinations – this is very fragile, but fluent, you can’t cut it …”



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Yeah it’s artificial, but it’s also artificial that we (usually) drop out the “ums” and “uhs” and stuttering and a bunch of other things.

Definitely Satantango. Krasznahorkai’s style is very lively and verosimile, even tough you sometimes get tangled in ideas, thoughts, narrators until you lose pace but still go on reading.

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