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Art, Truth and Politics

Art, Truth and Politics
Video by Harold Pinter
Released March 2006
Recorded December 2005
Genre Nobel Lecture
Length 46 mins.
Label Illuminations
Producer Linda Zuck
Executive Producers: John Wyver and Michael Kustow
Professional ratings
Review scores
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The Guardian [1]
Merritt, "Harold Pinter Bibliography" [2]

"Art, Truth and Politics" (also referred to and published as "Art, Truth & Politics" and Art, Truth and Politics) is the Nobel Lecture delivered on video by the 2005 Nobel Laureate in Literature Harold Pinter (1930–2008), who was at the time hospitalised and unable to travel to Stockholm to deliver it in person.[3][4]

The 46-minute videotaped lecture was projected on three large screens in front of the audience at the Swedish Academy, in Stockholm, on the evening of 7 December 2005.[4] It was simultaneously transmitted on Channel 4's digital television channel More 4, in the United Kingdom, where it was introduced by Pinter's friend fellow playwright David Hare.[5][6] Soon after its videotaped delivery and simulcast, the full text and streaming video formats were posted for the public on the Nobel Prize and Swedish Academy official websites.

A privately printed limited edition, Art, Truth and Politics: The Nobel Lecture, was published by Faber and Faber on 16 March 2006.[7] It is also published in The Essential Pinter, by Grove Press (on 10 October 2006, Pinter's 76th birthday); in the "Appendix" of Harold Pinter, the revised and enlarged edition of Pinter's official authorised biography by Michael Billington (Faber, 2007); and in the 3rd edition of Harold Pinter's collection Various Voices, published posthumously (Faber, 2009).[8] Many print and online periodicals have also published the full text of Pinter's Nobel Lecture, including Publications of the Modern Language Association (PMLA), in May 2006, with permission from the Nobel Foundation.

DVD and VHS video recordings of Pinter's Nobel Lecture (without Hare's introduction) are produced and distributed by Illuminations. This video recording of the lecture was introduced by Pinter's close friend, the writer Salman Rushdie, originator and chairman of PEN World Voices, and shown publicly in the United States for the first time at the Harold Pinter Memorial Celebration: A Tribute to Harold Pinter, at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, of The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, on 2 May 2009, as part of the 5th annual PEN World Voices Festival.[9][10]

The lecture caused much discussion, including criticism.

"Art, Truth and Politics": The Nobel Lecture

Speaking with obvious difficulty in the lecture while seated in a wheelchair, Pinter distinguishes between the search for truth in art and the avoidance of truth in politics (5–10).[7]

He describes his own artistic process of creating The Homecoming and Old Times, following an initial line or word or image, calling "the author's position" an "odd one" as, experiencing the "strange moment … of creating characters who up to that moment have had no existence," he must "play a never-ending game with them, cat and mouse, blind man's buff, hide and seek" during which "the search for the truth … has to be faced, right there, on the spot." Distinguishing among his plays The Birthday Party, Mountain Language, and Ashes to Ashes, he segues into his transitions from "the search for truth" in art and "the entirely different set of problems" facing the artist in "Political theatre" to the avoidance of seeking "truth" in "power politics" (5–9).

He asserts:
Political language, as used by politicians, does not venture into any of this territory [of the artist] since the majority of politicians, on the evidence available to us, are interested not in truth but in power and in the maintenance of that power. To maintain that power it is essential that people remain in ignorance, that they live in ignorance of the truth, even the truth of their own lives. What surrounds us therefore is a vast tapestry of lies, upon which we feed.

As every single person here knows, the justification for the invasion of Iraq was that Saddam Hussein possessed a highly dangerous body of weapons of mass destruction, some of which could be fired in 45 minutes, bringing about appalling devastation. We were assured that was true. It was not true. We were told that Iraq had a relationship with Al-Qaeda and shared responsibility for the atrocity in New York of September 11, 2001. We were assured that this was true. It was not true. We were told that Iraq threatened the security of the world. We were assured it was true. It was not true.

The truth is something entirely different. The truth is to do with how the United States understands its role in the world and how it chooses to embody it.
Charging the United States with having "supported and in many cases engendered every right wing military dictatorship in the world after the end of the Second World War", leading to "hundreds of thousands of deaths," Pinter asks: "Did they take place? And are they in all cases attributable to US foreign policy?" Then he answers his own question: "The answer is yes, they did take place, and they are attributable to American foreign policy. But you wouldn't know it" (9–10). Revisiting arguments from his political essays and speeches of the past decade, Pinter reiterates:
It never happened. Nothing ever happened. Even while it was happening it wasn't happening. It didn't matter. It was of no interest. The crimes of the United States have been systematic, constant, vicious, remorseless, but very few people have actually talked about them. You have to hand it to America. It has exercised a quite clinical manipulation of power worldwide while masquerading as a force for universal good. It's a brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis.
I put to you that the United States is without doubt the greatest show on the road. Brutal, indifferent, scornful and ruthless it may be but it is also very clever. As a salesman it is out on its own and its most saleable commodity is self-love. It's a winner. Listen to all American presidents on television say the words, 'the American people', as in the sentence, 'I say to the American people it is time to pray and to defend the rights of the American people and I ask the American people to trust their president in the action he is about to take on behalf of the American people.' (15)
In imagery recalling his description of "speech" as "a constant stratagem to cover nakedness", Pinter adds:
It's a scintillating stratagem. Language is actually employed to keep thought at bay. The words 'the American people' provide a truly voluptuous cushion of reassurance. You don't need to think. Just lie back on the cushion. The cushion may be suffocating your intelligence and your critical faculties but it's very comfortable. This does not apply of course to the 40 million people living below the poverty line and the 2 million men and women imprisoned in the vast gulag of prisons, which extends across the US. (16)

Toward the end of the lecture, after reading two poems referring to "blood in the streets", "deaths", "dead bodies", and "death" by fellow Nobel Laureate Tony Blair in the International Criminal Court, while pointing out, with irony, that he would do the same for Bush had he not refused to "ratify" that Court (18). Pinter concludes his Nobel Lecture with a call for "unflinching, unswerving, fierce intellectual determination, as citizens, to define the real truth of our lives and our societies" as "a crucial obligation which devolves upon us all," one which he regards as "in fact mandatory," for, he warns, "If such a determination is not embodied in our political vision we have no hope of restoring what is so nearly lost to us – the dignity of man" (23–24).

Critical response

Pinter's Nobel Lecture has been the source of much discussion.[1][2] In an article published in The Chronicle of Higher Education on 11 November 2005, entitled "Pinter's Plays, Pinter's Politics," Middlebury College English professor Jay Parini observes that "In the weeks that have passed since Harold Pinter won the Nobel Prize in Literature, there has been incessant chatter on both sides of the Atlantic, some of it unflattering," as "from the right-wing politics, in particular, the American reaction to the Pinter award has been one of outrage," whereas "the reaction to the award from Pinter's peers––Michael Frayn, David Hare, Tom Stoppard, and others––has been uniformly positive"; in response to naysayers, Parini concludes: "it may be true this time around that the Nobel Prize in Literature was given to the right man for the right reasons. Few writers in our time have demonstrated such a passionate concern for victims of oppression, whether in the family's living room or in the torturer's faraway bunker, as Harold Pinter. And few dramatists have been so vastly influential, transforming our basic sense of what happens when we enter a theater."

In response to his videotaped Nobel Lecture broadcast on More 4 and distributed via the internet, heated critical debate about Pinter spiked in the public media and spread throughout the blogosphere. Such criticism of Pinter encompassed thousands of commentaries and focused mostly on his political activism, particularly his purported "anti-Americanism" and his generally "leftist" views.[1][2][11]

Pinter's official, authorised biographer, Michael Billington observes that "the reactions to Pinter's Nobel Prize and Lecture" were "fascinating" and "overwhelmingly positive," though he thinks "it is worth picking out the few negative ones" as examples. He observes, "The most startling fact was that Pinter's Nobel Lecture on 7 December was totally ignored by the BBC", adding: "You would have thought that a living British dramatist's views on his art and global politics might have been of passing interest to a public service broadcaster"; yet "There was ... no reference to the speech on any of BBC TV's news bulletins that night or indeed on its current affairs programme, Newsnight" (Harold Pinter 424). While "in the press, there was also a handful of attacks on both the award and the Lecture," Billington dispatches criticisms by three of them: "the normally sensible Johan Hari", who "dismissed the Lecture in advance [of its broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK] as a 'rant' and falsely claimed that Pinter would have refused to resist Hitler"; "in fact," Billington says, Pinter "has repeatedly said that, had he been of age, he would have accepted conscription in World War II" (424–25). "More predictably, Christopher Hitchens was wheeled out to dismiss Pinter as 'a bigmouth who has strutted and fretted his hour upon the stage for far too long' ", and, finally, Billington cites Scottish historian Niall Ferguson's "attack" on the Lecture in The Daily Telegraph, quoting in part Ferguson's statement that in his Nobel Lecture Pinter " 'pretend[s] that [US] crimes were equivalent to those of its Communist opponents ...' "––a distortion according to both Billington and Pinter: "he never made any comparison in his speech between atrocities committed by the Soviet Union and China and those of America"; " 'All I ever said,' [Pinter] retorts, 'is that Soviet atrocities were comprehensively documented but that American actions weren't. I didn't go into comparisons as to who killed more people as if it were a contest. Ferguson distorted the whole bloody thing' " (Qtd. in Billington, Harold Pinter 425). Billington also points out that the Harold Pinter Archive in the British Library contains "two large boxes containing the thousands of letters Pinter received from friends, colleagues, public eminences and total strangers applauding both the prize and his political stance" (425).

The "Harold Pinter Community" Forum hosted on, Pinter's official Website, illustrates further critical debate about Pinter's politics.

Being Harold Pinter

Pinter's Nobel Lecture is excerpted in a dramatic work developed and performed by the politically dissident Belarus Free Theatre, which has been censored, its members arrested and prevented from performing their work publicly in their own country. Being Harold Pinter is "a collation of six Pinter plays, excerpts from his Nobel Prize speech, and letters written by political prisoners in Belarusian jails," which was performed with Pinter in the audiences in Leeds, England, during the Artist and Citizen: 50 Years of Performing Pinter, an international conference celebrating Pinter on the occasion of the awarding of an honorary degree to him by the University of Leeds, in April 2007;[12] and in London, premiering there from 11 to 23 February 2008.[13] It received appreciative press reviews in both Leeds and London,[14] including 5 stars from Pinter's official biographer Michael Billington, in his Guardian review,[15] and 4 stars from the Times reviewer Sam Marlowe, who observes that "Drama doesn't come more urgently political than in the work of the Belarus Free Theatre."[16] Also to critical acclaim, it premiered in New South Wales, Australia, beginning on 8 January 2009, two weeks after Pinter's death,[17][18] and there are plans to bring the troupe over to perform Being Harold Pinter in New York City, as part of the Public Theater's Under the Radar Festival, according to its director Mark Russell.[19][20]

See also


  1. ^ a b c As a sample of published accounts, see articles by Allen-Mills, Anderson, Billington, Chrisafis and Tilden, Eden and Walker, Hari, Hitchens, McDowell, Riddell, N. Smith, and Traub. Pinter replied to such criticism in his post-Nobel Prize Interviews with Billington, Koval, Moss, Rose, and Wark, among others. Paul Bond, Donald Freed, David Hare, John Pilger, Tom Stoppard, and others have defended Pinter's views and the artistic integrity of his work against widespread critical assaults, as hyperlinked in various news reports covering responses to Pinter's Nobel Lecture in the and other news sites.
  2. ^ a b c For critical responses and letters, see Merritt, "Harold Pinter Bibliography" 336–42.
  3. ^ "Harold Pinter Taken to Hospital", BBC News, BBC, 30 November 2005, Web, 7 May 2009.
  4. ^ a b For an example of an illustrated contemporaneous news account, see Lyall, "Playwright Takes a Prize and a Jab at U.S", which appeared in both New York Times and the International Herald Tribune, The New York Times Company, 8 December 2009, Web, 9 May 2009 [enlargeable photograph]; other national newspapers featured similar photographs of the audience watching these screens.
  5. ^ "Harold Pinter – Nobel Prize For Literature Speech – Art, Truth & Politics (HQ)", introduced by David Hare, More 4, Channel 4 (UK), 7 December 2005, Google Video, (posted) 16 November 2008. Web. Television. [Video clip posted by "Skylight Pictures" ("49:35 – Nov 16, 2008").]
  6. ^ Coincidentally, More 4 was launched by Channel Four Television Corporation on Pinter's 75th birthday, 10 October 2005, 3 days before the announcement of his winning the 2005 Nobel Prize in Literature.
  7. ^ a b Pinter's "Nobel Lecture: Art, Truth & Politics" is posted online on the official website of the Nobel Prize, All in-text parenthetical references are to the Faber and Faber publication, Art, Truth & Politics.
  8. ^ For publication details, see Harold Pinter, Various Voices: Sixty Years of Prose, Poetry, Politics 1948–2008,, Faber and Faber, 7 May 2009, Web, 7 May 2009.
  9. ^ "Events: PEN World Voices Festival: Harold Pinter Memorial Celebration: Updated Schedule", PEN World Voices Festival: The New York Festival of International Literature, Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, CUNY Graduate Center, 29 April 2009, Web, 7 May 2009.
  10. ^ Web, 7 May 2009.
  11. ^ For a critical discussion of the contexts of Pinter's Nobel Lecture, see Merritt, "(Anti-)Global Pinter."
  12. ^ Michael Billington, "The Importance of Being Pinter: A New Production by the Belarus Free Theatre Reinforces the Global Resonance of the British Playwright's Political Works," Guardian, Arts blog – Theatre, Guardian Media Group, 16 April 2007, Web, 8 May 2009.
  13. ^ "Belarus Gala Evening", Soho Theatre, London, Soho Theatre Company Ltd, n.d., Web, 15 January 2008.
  14. ^ "Belarus Free Theatre": "Soho Theatre in association with English PEN presents Belarus Free Theatre: 11–23 February 2008," Soho Theatre, London, Soho Theatre Company Ltd, [Feb. 2008], Web, 29 January 2009. (Includes excerpts from press reviews of London première of Being Harold Pinter and Generation Jeans.)
  15. ^ Michael Billington, "Being Harold Pinter/Generation Jeans: 5 Stars Soho, London",, Culture: Stage: Theatre, Guardian Media Group, 18 February 2008, Web, 8 May 2009.
  16. ^ Sam Marlowe, "Being Harold Pinter/Generation Jeans at Soho Theatre", Times Online, Stage: Theatre, News Corporation, 20 February 2008, Web, 30 January 2009.
  17. ^ "An Arresting Performance – Literally", Sydney Morning Herald, Fairfax Media, 15 December 2008, Web, 7 May 2009.
  18. ^ "Free Theatre's Performance Was Watched by Militia", "News from Belarus", Charter '97 Press Center, 8 November 2007, Web, 7 May 2009. (About "The Free Theatre's performance Being Harold Pinter ... shown in Minsk 7 November.")
  19. ^ John Del Signore, "Mark Russell, Under the Radar Festival", interview with Mark Russell, Gothamist (Blog), Gothamist LLC, 10 January 2008, Web, 10 January 2008.
  20. ^ John Del Signore, "Pencil This In: Theater", Gothamist (Blog), Gothamist LLC, 11 January 2008, Web, 12 January 2008.

Works cited

Primary sources

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–––. Various Voices: Sixty Years of Prose, Poetry, Politics 1948–2008. 3rd ed. 1998, 2005. London: Faber, 2009. ISBN 978-0-571-24480-5. Print.

Nobel Foundation, 13 October 2005. Web. 4 October 2007. [Hyperlinked account. Provides links to the official Nobel Prize announcement, Bio-bibliography, Bibliography, press release, press conference, and audio and video streaming media files of the press conference and related interviews and features. These resources are accessible on the official websites of both the Nobel Prize (Nobel Foundation) and the Swedish Academy; they are periodically revised and re-located.]

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Eden, Richard, and Tim Walker. "Mandrake: A Pinteresque Silence". Sunday Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group, 27 August 2006. Web. 2 October 2007. (original URL). Bookrags: HighBeam Research. Cengage Learning (Gale), 27 August 2006. Web. 16 March 2009. [Free trial for non-subscribers.]

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Lyall, Sarah. "Playwright Takes a Prize and a Jab at U.S." New York Times. New York Times Company, 8 December 2006. Web. 2 October 2007. [Correction appended 10 December 2005: "An article on Thursday about the playwright Harold Pinter's criticism of American foreign policy in his acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize for literature described it incompletely. He said that both President Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair – and not just Prime Minister Blair – should be tried before the International Criminal Court of Justice for the invasion of Iraq."]

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–––, comp. "Harold Pinter Bibliography: 2002–2004 With a Special Supplement on the 2005 Nobel Prize in Literature, October 2005 – May 2006." The Pinter Review: Nobel Prize/Europe Theatre Prize Volume: 2005 – 2008. Ed. Francis Gillen with Steven H. Gale. Tampa: U of Tampa P, 2008. 261–343. Print.

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Riddell, Mary. "Comment: Prophet without Honour: Harold Pinter Can Be Cantankerous and Puerile. But He Is a Worthy Nobel Prizewinner." Guardian Media Group, 11 December 2005. Web. 6 January 2009.

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External links

  • Art, Truth & Politics. Illuminations, 2006.
  • Art, Truth and Politics: The Nobel Lecture at Faber and Faber (Pinter's publisher in the UK).
  • "Art, Truth and Politics: The Nobel Lecture" in The Essential Pinter, published by Grove Press (Pinter's publisher in the US).
  • "Art, Truth & Politics" in Publications of the Modern Language Association (PMLA) 121.3 (2006): 811–18.
  • "Bio-Bibliography" for Harold Pinter at
  • The Official Website of the International Playwright Harold Pinter.
  • "Nobel Lecture: Art, Truth & Politics" Video (46 mins.) and "The Lecture in Text Format" in the original English and in French, German, and Swedish translations at
  • Nobel Lecture: Art, Truth & Politics. Illuminations, 2005. RealPlayer Video (46 mins., 15 secs.).
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