'Yet it did seem ... as if fantastic hope could take as strong a hold as Fact' - Hard Times
Wednesday, 6 April 2011
BELLOW HAD IT RIGHT, IN MANY RESPECTS
“Both the U.S.A. and the U.S.S.R. were, for Sammler, utopian projects. There, in the East, the emphasis was on low-level goods, on shoes, caps, toilet-plungers, and tin basins for peasants and laborers. Here it fell upon certain privileges and joys. Here wading naked into the waters of paradise, et cetera. But always a certain despair underlining pleasure, death seated inside the health-capsule, steering it, and darkness winking at you from the golden utopian sun”.