Happy Birthday, Louis de Bernières, born 8 December 1954
- The secret of artistic entertainment is to drag people from one emotion to the other - the more extreme you can make it the better.
- Compared to a novel, a film is like an economy pizza where there are no olives, no ham, no anchovies, no mushrooms, and all you’ve got is the dough.
- Setting up a community and seeing what happens to it when the megalomaniacs get busy: that’s my main preoccupation.
- One of the odd things about being British, is that you are not allowed to be really good at more than one thing. So a novelist who writes really good poetry like Kingsley Amis isn’t going to get remembered for the poetry. In my case, I’m also a musician but I know I won’t be remembered for that.
- I’m one of those writers who’s always going to be trying to write War and Peace: failing, obviously, but trying.
- I don’t want to be cool and metropolitan and cynical. I want to express my feelings and hope that the reader feels those feelings too.
- History is the propaganda of the victors.
de Bernières is a British novelist most famous for his fourth novel, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.
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