Arnon Grunberg



No Sils-Maria without Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morality :

All good things used to be bad things at one time; every original sin has turned into an original virtue. Marriage, for example, was for a long time viewed as a crime against the rights of the community; people used to have to pay a fine for being so presumptuous as to claim one particular woman for themselves (there we include, for example, jus primae noctis, still, in Cambodia, the prerogative of priests, those custodians of ‘good old customs’).
Translation: Carol Diethe.

Original sins, original virtues. All I can say is, without being modest because I believe in my hunger and my talents: I’m just an average sinner.

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