In (a) relation to books

Books that stimulate the imagination…
12:54. My father was an ornithologist and he was only interested in nature, so we spent all our holidays camping or hiking in different parts of Europe, from Norway to the mountains of Austria. He had a lot of books about birds, which was nice. Why, since I had to spend so much time outdoors, I relied heavily on books to occupy myself. I mean, I didn’t mind watching birds and nature but after two or three hours I found it a bit repetitive, or I quickly lost interest. Books, however, are something that always kept me interested. My favourite became fictional books. 

When I read fiction, I am able to enter a world that is not mine; a world where I am confronted with other peoples’ lives. I want to be able to escape and forget about reality. When I dive into a reading, I don’t want to read about my own life – it’s not that interesting anyway! (She laughs)

Fiction is able to tackle difficult and sensitive themes in a way that other arts don’t. To give you an example, in the latest book I read – ‘My Absolute darling’, a very well written book – the author mentions the theme of sexual abuse. It is a very important theme to highlight, but I deem it better to be presented through words than through the violent image on screen of a teenager being raped by an adult. Oh, I’m sure they will make a movie out of this book and I am also sure I won’t want to watch it!

(Anne heads the federation for European publishers based in Brussels, Belgium.)

… or simply books


16 : 15 . I love libraries, I love books and literature. I feel really peaceful when I read.
I believe that words are the most powerful asset human beings possess. How we use our words allows us to communicate our ideas better. I think that literature helps us understand an alternative perspective on the history and culture of our countries. Through literature we understand not only the history of countries but also the history of people.

(Nina is a journalist and has worked at the office of a Slovak member of the European Parliament.)



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