Siri Hustvedt kom på besøg i går på vores første åbningsdag i en samtale med Bo Green Jensen 📖 Her er et uddrag fra samtalen:
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Bo Green Jensen:
There is a lot of reflection about time in the book. At one point they are in a Hungarian pastry shop and the narrator is reflecting from 2017 that she could meet herself in the same room in a young version and actually go talk to her. This however is not how we perceive time. You also say that Einstein has a problem with the now, that he could never really resolve how it fit.
In physics the idea is that time is a space time block. That you can go back - theoretically - and shake your own hand in the past and then move ahead and find yourself in the future and they co-exist. That is the space time block of physics. And Einstein felt that. In fact he talked about a dead friend as somehow being out there, which accounts for some of the more mystical ideas the physics walk around with all the time. Off course we do not experience time like that. Our consciousness of time is that it is passing; “that was before” and “something is going to happen”. But she (the narrator) points out that inside a book time does in some funny way coexist. You can pick up a book, go back to page 7 or skip ahead to page 157 and they will coexist. There they are. At the same time. So the idea of the library is something that is important to this book and it is also about time. So we get to have all the dead friends, right? That are with us. And when we read them they become a part of us and we get to have these ghosts inside us. I love that idea.
In the last chapter of the book the narrator says “I might be dead, but you who are reading this are alive”.
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