Shostakovich on his opera Lady Macbeth: "It`s also about how love could have been if the world weren`t full of vile things. It`s the vileness that ruins love. And the laws, and properties, and financial worries, and the police state. If conditions have been different, love would have been different." Of course. Circumstances alter love. And what about extreme circumstances, those of the Stalinist Terror? Shostakovich goes on: "Everyone seemed worried about what would happen to love. I suppose it will always be like that, it always seems that love`s last days are here."
Imagine that: the death of love. It could happen.
"If conditions have been different, love would have been different."
It`s true. So true. And how little we reflect upon it.
The death of love: it`s possible, it`s thinkable, I can`t bear it.
Talking It Over by Julian Barnes
It makes you wonder, doesn`t it?
...it always seems that love`s last days are here- it`s got such an apocalyptic ring to it...
Invitation To Inspiration would like to propose a toast!
Here`s to amazing storytelling talent of Julian Barnes and to keeping the love alive!
Love, Matea & Martina