Sunday, July 4, 2010

How Wang-Fo was saved

For this blog's first post, a story of art and life:

This short story was written by Marguerite Yourcenar, who her drew inspiration from folktales. The tale remains ambiguous - art might ruin or rescue - and Yourcenar's imagery expresses this uncertainty with subtle grace:

'that evening Wang spoke as though silence was a wall, and words colours deigned to conceal it.'

('Wang ce soir-là parlait comme si le silence était un mur, et les mots des coleurs destinées à la courvrir')

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