Harold Pinter: Art, Truth and Politics

This is the text of the lecture to be given by Harold Pinter when he receives the 2005 Nobel Prize for literature on Saturday. Forbidden by doctors from going to Stockholm to receive the £720,000 prize, the ailing playwright and poet has delivered his speech by video.

In 1958 I wrote the following:

‘There are no hard distinctions between what is real and what is unreal, nor between what is true and what is false. A thing is not necessarily either true or false; it can be both true and false.’ (nobelprize.org)

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