Pat Barker – History

The only reason for writing history, I think,is so we can try to understand the present. Because of that, the questions it seems relevant to us to ask about the past are informed by our experience of the present. You’re asking the past different questions from what people did fifty years ago, or will be doing in another fifty years.

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“The only reason for writing history, I think,is so we can try to understand the present. Because of that, the questions it seems relevant to us to ask about the past are informed by our experience of the present. You’re asking the past different questions from what people did fifty years ago, or will be doing in another fifty years.” — Pat Barker, The Art of Fiction No. 243, The Paris Review (Winter 2018)

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