Karen Blixen (Isak Dineson): “I think all sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story or tell a story about them.”

Jurij Moskvitin (middle) acompaning Karen Blix...

Yuriy Moskvitin (middle) acompanying Karen Blixen / Isak Dinesen (right) meeting composer Igor Stravinskiy (left) at the City Hall of Copenhagen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am not a novelist, really not even a writer; I am a storyteller. One of my friends said about me that I think all sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story or tell a story about them, and perhaps this is not entirely untrue. To me, the explanation of life seems to be its melody, its pattern. And I feel in life such an infinite, truly inconceivable fantasy.

–Karen Blixen in an interview with Bent Mohn in The New York Times Book Review (3 November 1957), later quoted by Hannah Arendt in The Human Condition (1958).

 

 

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