"Fiction," he told his audience in Israel in 2009 when he was awarded the Jerusalem Prize, the nation’s highest literary award, garners its power “by telling skillful lies–––which is to say, by making up fiction [Art] that appear to be true.
"The novelist can bring a truth out to a new location and shine a new light on it. In most cases, it is virtually impossible to grasp a truth in its original form and depict it accurately. This is why we try to grab its tail by luring the truth from its hiding place, transferring it to a fictional location, and replacing it with a fictional form.
"In order to accomplish this, however, we first have to clarify where the truth lies within us. This is an important qualification for making up good lies.”
---Japanese author Haruki Murakami
Full text of acceptance speech at Douban.com
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