Sentenced: Shiri’s 5-25-14 Edition
This book is so well-written, I keep Googling the main characters even though I know they aren’t real (some of the secondaries: Picasso, Hitler, etc are, obviously, based on their historical counterparts). Because I Googled them a couple days ago. I’m still certain I missed some revelatory keyword in my search, despite having read several reviews in which others reveal they have also multiple Googled to remind themselves Lovers At the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 is a work of fiction.
Hardcover (2014), page 339, paragraph 4, sentences 2-3
“We laughed about how, when the Luftwaffe officer looked at Guernica and asked Picasso, ‘Did you do this?’ Picasso said, ‘No, you, did.’ People said he used to talk about Hitler riding on Mussolini’s shoulders through a swamp of shit.”
The ultimate in balls, kids. We should also be as brave as this Picasso (whether or not this is something Picasso actually said to a Luftwaffe officers is left to the annals of history. Or an archive somewhere I don’t have access to.
The ultimate reminder to speak out against injustice.
Of course, looking at the painting, you can see Picasso saying exactly that. Because it took some brass ones to paint this: