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Harold Pinter on International Stages

Tomaz Onic

Harold Pinter is inarguably one of the most influential modern British dramatists. The horizon of his literary, cultural and political activity stretches far beyond the borders of his homeland, as well as beyond the theatrical and literary world. The essays in this volume deal with the reception of his literary (and political) heritage in several European and non-European Countries, offering previously unpublished research. They bring together a variety of aspects focusing on Pinter in the former region of Eastern Europe like Hungary, Poland, Turkey, Croatia, Macedonia and Slovenia, where his literary ideas as well as political activism seem fully applicable. They are balanced by selected Western perspectives, including Italian, British and American ones.
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Being and Not Being Harold Pinter: Pinter Still in Play in the USA


← 168 | 169 → Susan Hollis Merritt

When we look into a mirror we think the image that confronts us is accurate. But move a millimetre and the image changes. We are actually looking at a never-ending range of reflections. But sometimes a writer has to smash the mirror—for it is on the other side of that mirror that the truth stares at us. I believe that despite the enormous odds which exist, unflinching, unswerving, fierce intellectual determination, as citizens, to define the real truth of our lives and our societies is a crucial obligation which devolves upon us all. It is in fact mandatory. If such a determination is not embodied in our political vision we have no hope of restoring what is so nearly lost to us—the dignity of man.

—Pinter, “Art, Truth and Politics”

Harold Pinter presented his Nobel Lecture “Art, Truth and Politics” via video at the Swedish Academy on 7 December 2005. The video and the text were both posted online by the Nobel Prize organization and distributed through various media worldwide, and it was privately printed in a limited edition by Faber and Faber. Pinter’s conclusion—my epigraph, as quoted above (23–24)—and shorter passages are among the “beads” from his works threaded throughout the theatrical production Being Harold Pinter, adapted and directed by Vladimir Shcherban, and staged by the Belarus Free Theatre, co-founded by the husband-and-wife ← 169 | 170 → team Nikolai Khalezin and Natalia Koliada in March...

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