The Representative Writer

If we assume a writer to be a representative of his people, he is caught in a strange position in a so-called ‘developing country’. He cannot bear to see the destitution that his people are in, and rarely has the daring to imagine what would happen if they rose above it through education and economic prosperity. Would they fare any better than people elsewhere? Hence the massive appeal of Iqbal who shows his nation their illustrious past through incredible verse. A better writer, I imagine, would want to be free of such responsibility and go beyond himself and expect the people to rise to his individualistic expectations and ideas – a writer such as Nietzsche.

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