Pinter’s Nobel speech condemns U.S. policy

From the CBC:

Pinterharold_cp_9072016Ailing playwright Harold Pinter used his Nobel Prize lecture on Wednesday to deliver a fierce attack on U.S. foreign policy.

Pinter, 75, who has been battling cancer for years, was forbidden by doctors from going to Stockholm to receive his Nobel Prize. Instead he sent a video recording of himself in a wheelchair with his legs under a red blanket.

In a speech peppered with the potent silences that are often called “Pinteresque”, he accused the U.S. and its ally Britain of trading in death and employing “language to keep thought at bay.”

His lecture, entitled Art, Truth and Politics, emphasized the importance of truth in art before decrying its perceived absence in politics.

In a voice that was sometimes hoarse with illness, he said politicians feel it is “essential that people remain in ignorance, that they live in ignorance of the truth, even the truth of their own lives.”

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