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on truth and fiction

Since last week, various articles by Errol Morris have generated interesting discussions on the nature of truth and representation, I would suggest those who are interested in these issues to read an interview with Artur Domoslawski. He is the author of a book about the famous Polish author, Ryszard Kapuściński, whom many regard as the ideal journalist.

Generations of journalists have been educated using as models Kapuscinski’s works of nonfiction. Now, according to Domoslawski, it seems that not everything in Kapuscinski’s books is a nonfiction. It turns out that some of the facts were made up. This fact generated a huge debate about the nature of journalism and the wider philosophical debates on the nature of truth. In this sense, I would recommend a response by Andrzej Stasiuk. In his piece, Stasiuk questions the notion of the absolute truth during a time when each of us is increasingly mandated with his or her own truth. Moreover, he claims that

Everything is being worn out, broken and ageing, we are bombarded with new models of things, new models of behaviours, new models of ideas. This is the world we have created. Truth also has to be perfected, tuned and face-lifted, otherwise nobody will give a damn about it.

P.S. For those of you who are looking for inspiration, take a look at Books by its cover, which is a web site dedicated to books and the design of their covers.

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