THE FIGARO. - Does politics feed on literature and, conversely, politics literature?
Giuliano DA EMPOLI. - Literature feeds on politics, because it is a highly literary subject. Politics is a kind of magnifying glass on the character of individuals. Abraham Lincoln said, "If you want to know someone, give him power." It is something extraordinarily exciting and romantic. Politics is the only activity that prevents our societies from descending into violence, but therefore concentrates a lot of violence in itself.
As to whether, conversely, power feeds on literature, the answer is more nuanced. This is certainly the case with French politics. Politics and literature have a rather intimate relationship in France. This specificity goes back far in time, especially in the fourteenth century, and still continues. There was almost no interruption in the line of characters who were able to combine...
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