The world as a question

“The stupidity of people comes from having an answer for everything. The wisdom of the novel comes from having a question for everything… The novelist teaches the reader to comprehend the world as a question. There is wisdom and tolerance in that attitude. In a world built on sacrosanct certainties the novel is dead. The totalitarian world, whether founded on Marx, Islam, or anything else, is a world of answers rather than questions. There, the novel has no place.”

– Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

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