The Life Unliveable

Less visual, more textual.

A poignant excerpt from The Man in a Case, by Anton Chekhov, 1898:

‘To see and hear people lying,’ said Ivan Ivanych, turning to his other side, ‘and then to be called a fool for putting up with it; to endure insults and humiliations but to be too scared to come out in the open and declare that you are on the side of honest, free people, and then to lie and smile ingratiatingly yourself, when it’s all for the sake of a crust of bread, a roof over your head, and a pathetic little job in a service which is not worth anything – no, it’s impossible to go on living like that!’

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This entry was posted on December 29, 2012 by in Books and tagged , , .
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