Hemingway y el Caribe

abril 21, 2008

 

 

After the war, Hemingway published Across The River And Into The Trees, a novel about World War II, which was bitterly attacked by the critics. However, in 1952, he published The Old Man And The Sea, a story generally acclaimed one of his finest. He survived an airplane crash in 1954, the year he received the Nobel Prize in Literature. But his injuries had taken their toll and Hemingway died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on July 2, 1961, in his home at Ketchum, Idaho.  

 
Hemingway’s Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech
Members of the Swedish Academy, Ladies and Gentlemen:
Having no facility for speech-making and no command of oratory nor any domination of rhetoric, I wish to thank the administrators of the generosity of Alfred Nobel for this prize.
No writer who knows the great writers who did not receive the prize can accept it other than with humility. There is no need to list these writers. Everyone here may make his own list according to his knowledge and his conscience.
It would be impossible for me to ask the Ambassador of my country to read a speech in which a writer said all of the things which are in his heart. Things may not be immediately discernible in what a man writes, and in this sometimes he is fortunate; but eventually they are quite clear and by these and the degree of alchemy that he possesses he will endure or be forgotten.
Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. Organisations for writers palliate the writer’s loneliness but I doubt if they improve his writing. He grows in public stature as he sheds his loneliness and often his work deteriorates. For he does his work alone and if he is a good enough writer he must face eternity, or the lack of it, each day.
For a true writer each book should be a new beginning where he tries again for something that is beyond attainment. He should always try for something that has never been done or that others have tried and failed. Then sometimes, with great luck, he will succeed.
How simple the writing of literature would be if it were only necessary to write in another way what has been well written. It is because we have had such great writers in the past that a writer is driven far out past where he can go, out to where no one can help him.
I have spoken too long for a writer. A writer should write what he has to say and not speak it. Again I thank you.

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