Sunday, July 26, 2009

Truth and power

It is the slave's consciousness that constitutes the master's certainty of his own truth. But the slave's consciousness is a dependent consciousness. So the master is not sure of the truth of his own autonomy. His truth lies in an inessential consciousness and its inessential acts.
In the heart of the country, J. M. Coetzee

1 comment:

Kepster said...

Fosgasse! Had to read it about twenty times to be able to understand what the guy´s talking about. And judging by all the previous quotes from the book it seems to be the definition of, and mind my french, a "mind-f**k of a book...! Hope you´re enjoying it, I probably wouldn´t ;-)
One doubt though, is the author South African? With a name like Coetzee... Typical South African name.