Rhinoceros

“If only it had happened somewhere else, in some other country, and we’d just read about it in the papers, one could discuss it quietly, examine the question from all points of view and come to an objective conclusion. We could organise debates with professors and writers and lawyers, and blue-stockings and artists and people. And the ordinary man in the street as well – it would be very interesting and instructive. But when you’re involved yourself, when you suddenly find yourself up against the brutal facts you can’t help feeling directly concerned – the shock is too violent for you to stay cool and detached. I’m frankly surprised, I’m very very surprised. I can’t get over it.” – Eugene Ionesco, Rhinoceros (1959)

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