A poet's work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.
Salman Rushdie

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Meaning of this quote in other languages

Spanish: El trabajo de un poeta es nombrar lo innombrable, para apuntar a los fraudes, a tomar partido, iniciar discusiones, dar forma al mundo, y detenerlo de ir a dormir.

Mandarin Chinese: 一个诗人的作品来命名的难以名状,以指向欺诈行为,采取边,开始争论,塑造世界,并阻止它进入休眠状态。

Portuguese: O trabalho de um poeta é nomear o inominável, apontar para as fraudes, tomar partido, iniciar discussões, dar forma ao mundo, e pará-lo de ir dormir.

Italian: : Il lavoro di un poeta è di nominare l'innominabile, per puntare a frodi, a schierarsi, avviare discussioni, plasmare il mondo, e fermarlo andare a dormire.

Russian: Работа поэта в том, чтобы назвать безымянным, чтобы указать на махинациях, принимать чью-либо сторону, начать аргументы, формировать мир, и остановить его в спящий режим.

Japanese: 詩人の作品は、詐欺を指すように側面を取るために、引数を開始し、世界を形作る、それは寝る停止、名付けられない名前を付けることです。

French: Le travail d'un poète est de nommer l'innommable, de pointer les fraudes, de prendre parti, commencer arguments, façonner le monde, et l'empêcher d'aller dormir.

German: Ein Dichter der Arbeit ist es, nennen Sie die unnameable, auf Betrügereien hinweisen, Partei zu ergreifen, starten Sie Argumente, die Welt gestalten, und stoppen Sie schlafen gehen.

Turkish: Bir şairin işi, taraf tartışmalar başlar, dünyayı şekillendiren ve uyumadan onu durdurmak için, dolandırıcılık işaret etmek, isimlendirilemez isim olduğunu.

Other quotes by Salman Rushdie

It may be that the books that were best liked in your lifetime are not the ones that are best liked 100 years later.

When 'Midnight's Children' came out, people in the West tended to respond to the fantasy elements in the novel, to praise it in those terms. In India, people read it like a history book.

Perhaps because my relationship with my father went through such a long, bumpy time, it's been very important for me to work to try to keep lines of communication open between my sons and myself to try to avoid my father's mistakes. At least if you're making mistakes, make different mistakes.

The question I'm always asking myself is: are we masters or victims? Do we make history, or does history make us? Do we shape the world, or are we just shaped by it? The question of do we have agency in our lives or whether we are just passive victims of events is, I think, a great question, and one that I have always tried to ask.

Stories in families are colossally important. Every family has stories: some funny, some proud, some embarrassing, some shameful. Knowing them is proof of belonging to the family.

About Salman Rushdie

Profession: Novelist
Nationality: Indian
Born: June 19, 1947

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