William Saroyan

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William Saroyan (August 31, 1908 – May 18, 1981) was an Armenian-American author.

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  • "The writer is a spiritual anarchist, as in the depth of his soul every man is. He is discontented with everything and everybody. The writer is everybody's best friend and only true enemy - the good and great enemy. He neither walks with the multitude nor cheers with them. The writer who is a writer is a rebel who never stops."[1]
Simple: The writer is the pure rebel, just like every man deep in their soul. He is unhappy with everything and everybody. The writer is everybody's best friend and only real enemy - the good and great enemy. He neither walks with everyone else nor cheers with them. The writer is a rebel who never stops.
  • "I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia. See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia."[2]
Simple: I would like to see the power of the world destroy this race, this small group of minor people, whose wars have been fought and lost, whose buildings have fallen, reading is not read, music is not listened to, and prayers are not answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia. See if you can do it. Because when two of them meet anywhere in the world, you will see that they will create a new Armenia.

References

  1. The William Saroyan Reader (1958)
  2. "" Armenian-Americans". Google Books. Retrieved on February 26, 2009

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