“…I am beginning to catch sight of what I might call the “deep-lying subject” of my book.  It is – it will be – no doubt, the rivalry between the real world and the representation of it which we make to ourselves.  The manner in which the world of appearances imposes itself upon us, and the manner in which we try to impose on the outside world our own interpretation – this is the drama of our lives.  The resistance of facts invites us to transport our ideal construction into the realm of dreams, of hope, of belief in a future life, which is fed by all the disappointments and disillusions of our present one.  Realists start from facts – fit their ideas to suit the facts.  Bernard is a realist.  I am afraid we shall never understand each other…”

André Gide, The Counterfeiters.


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