The tour of the words
It is with resulting from the meeting with its readers that Amin Maalouf wanted well preter with our exercise of pun.
My relationship to the religion is very complicated, initially I come from a family which has very complex relationship with the religion, it is a subject which is omnipresent around me. I have a great intellectual interest for religion, I do not have attachment with one religion in particular, but I do not feel either atheistic. I am somebody who believes deeply with a spiritual dimension in the world and at the same time, none the dogmas monk really does not try me. I feel very indifferent with regard to any dogma monk, of any organized religion, therefore it y has at the same time an interest and a detachment for me. Essence, they are the values morals of each one. For some, the values morals are directly related to a religious presence, and I respect them deeply. For others, these values morals do not have any relationship with religion, these, I respect them at least as much as the first cities. I do not have respect for those which, in the name of the religion, make acts which appear to me reprehensible. The fact that they proclaim them attachment with the faith does not raise them in my eyes and those which consider that while rejecting religion, that enables them to live without any regulate moral, I do not test for them either, no respect. Any person has the right of not to have any religion, but in condition to have values equivalent morals, which guide its action. Somebody who does not fly, who does not kill because it is prohibited by its religion, I respect it, somebody who does not fly not and does not kill because it estimates that its human dignity would be ridiculed, if it dropped to make these acts, it has at least as much, if not more, of value in my eyes.
I believe that, from this point of view I am a little like Baldassare, I am a man who privileges reason, which does not like the resignation at all of the intelligence, which is wary of an attitude where one gives up this quality which makes our characteristic in this universe. I am not for as much insensitive to certain things which can be connected with the superstition, but by pure curiosity, because I doubt all. If you me ask whether I believe in the existence of a book which raise all the secrecies of the universe or a secrecy particularly significant, I would answer you honestly by the negative one, but if you bring a book to me by thinking that a secrecy essence is revealed inside, without believing in it much more, I would not resist the desire of lira. In the character of Baldassare, there is always this play enters the reason and the insanity, between the rational one and the irrational one, duality which is constantly presents in this book, just like besides in the life.
The love is so present in my life that that appears to me like an obviousness. I believe that, for thirty years, I have ever risen it morning without being deeply in love, therefore I really do not notice it. If one day, I raised me the morning and that I was not it any more, I think that it would have such a vacuum in me, it would be such an interior chasm, which I would not support not. The love is constantly present in all that I make, all that I live, and for to take again an expression of Baldassare, it is a little the clay of which I am made.
I am somebody who travelled a long time everywhere in the world, lasting of the years. I went to Ethiopia, to Argentina, in Vietnam, in Italy, in Russia, in Australia, I did them five continents. I had an extraordinary thirst voyages. The day when I started to write my first novel, I became sedentary.
The voyage is one time of my life where I have
garnered many things which reappear each time I write. Since my beginnings in the writing, I test less
need to travel, I travel well sometimes but more with same thirst. Today I travel by the writing.
I one am impassioned of history. I am not it
only in the direction where I like to read the history
to learn from the things of the times from passed in various areas of the world, but I am somebody who understands each thing in function of its history. If you to speak to me of a scientific discovery, I will need that you explain me the genesis of this invention, if not I will include/understand nothing there. I include/understand all according to the evolution history, I believe that that feels in my
The writing is my first fatherland. I live
really now in the writing. When I am in my tiny office with my books, my projects of books, my pencils, my computer, and my reference works, I
feel me in my universe. That always does not have
summer the case in my life, I started to write
my first book at 32 years, it was published two
years later. It is certain which as long as I
will live the writing will remain my universe.
Collected by N. A. Kay (May 2000)
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