Chris Boyd, a Melbourne critic, had a profile of South African writer Athol Fugard published in the Financial Review of February 4-5. He has published excerpts from the transcript of his interview with Fugard at his blog, The Morning After, where you will find Fugard shedding a remarkably clear light on Pascal, Camus and the value of writing in dangerous times:
One of the problems I had... I was a writer. And it has taken me the longest time to arrive... Because it was a dilemma. My friends... There were friends of mine who were in jail because they had made bombs and had planted them. There were friends of mine who had to run for their lives into foreign countries. There were friends of mine who committed suicide outside of South Africa because they just couldn’t live with themselves anymore and by virtue of all that had happened... There were friends of mine who were driven into exile. And there was I writing. And it has taken me a very long time. I’ve arrived at it, now. I arrived at it with a very important play of mine -- in terms of my own personal progress -- with a play of mine called My Children, My Africa. With that play, I examined this issue in a sense. And I realise that the written word, the spoken word, are effective forms of action... every bit as significant -- every bit as potent in terms of consequences -- as any bomb that could be placed anywhere.