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Joseph Brodsky

Data de nascimento: 24. Maio 1940
Data de falecimento: 28. Janeiro 1996
Outros nomes: Brodskiy Iosif Aleksandrovich, జోసెఫ్ బ్రాడ్స్కీ

Joseph Brodsky, pseudônimo de Iosif Aleksandrovich Brodsky foi um poeta russo naturalizado estadunidense.

Brodsky entrou em conflito com as autoridades soviéticas e foi expulso da União Soviética em 1972, estabelecendo-se nos Estados Unidos com a ajuda de W. H. Auden e de outros escritores. Ele ensinou, posteriormente em universidades, incluindo a de Yale, Cambridge e Michigan.Foi agraciado com o Nobel de Literatura de 1987.

Citações Joseph Brodsky

„Há crimes piores do que queimar livros. Um deles é não lê-los.“

—  Joseph Brodsky

Fonte: Revista Caras http://www.caras.com.br, Edição 676.

„The surest defense against Evil is extreme individualism, originality of thinking, whimsicality, even — if you will — eccentricity.“

—  Joseph Brodsky

"A Commencement Address" (1984), delivered at Williams College; As quoted in: Robert Inchausti (2014) Thinking through Thomas Merton. p. 110
Contexto: The surest defense against Evil is extreme individualism, originality of thinking, whimsicality, even — if you will — eccentricity. That is, something that can't be feigned, faked, imitated; something even a seasoned imposter couldn't be happy with. Something, in other words, that can't be shared, like your own skin: not even by a minority. Evil is a sucker for solidity. It always goes for big numbers, for confident granite, for ideological purity, for drilled armies and balanced sheets. Its proclivity for such things has to do with its innate insecurity, but this realization, again, is of small comfort when Evil triumphs.

„The formula for prison is a lack of space counterbalanced by a surplus of time.“

—  Joseph Brodsky, livro Less Than One: Selected Essays

Fonte: Less Than One: Selected Essays (1986), p. 28
Contexto: The formula for prison is a lack of space counterbalanced by a surplus of time. This is what really bothers you, that you can't win. Prison is lack of alternatives, and the telescopic predictability of the future is what drives you crazy.

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