Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Truth be Told

New Zealand publisher Craig Potton has recently published a history of the long-running newspaper New Zealand Truth.

The book is introduced by a Janet Frame quote from the first volume of her autobiography (by kind permission of the Janet Frame Literary Trust).

The quote begins "Though we were forbidden to read the Truth..." but then goes on to describe the typical forbidden glimpses of the sensational content that is associated with tabloid newspapers.

Interestingly, I recently read an excellent academic article ('The poetics of dissolution: The representation of Maori culture in Janet Frame's Fiction' by Cindy Gabrielle, in the Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Vol. 46, No. 2, May 2010, pp 209-220) which also quoted Janet Frame on the subject of Truth.

This quote was from the short story 'The Lagoon' (from the collection of the same name), in which the protagonist's aunt utters the line:

"I prefer Dostoevsky to Truth."

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