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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Acknowledged Legislators

Playwright Dario Fo, another one of those controversial Literature Nobel awardees, has disclosed to the BBC that he wants to run for mayor of Milan, his home city.

Which reminds one of another writer and would-be office-holder: Norman Mailer, who was independent mayoral candidate for the city of New York in 1969 (losing to Republican John Lindsay). At that time, V.S. Naipaul wrote a bemused first-person account of Mailer's campaign ("New York With Norman Mailer"), reproduced in his The Writer and the World.

Among other writers who've sought public office, Czech playwright Vaclav Havel is probably the best-known: he was president of Czechoslovakia from 1989 to 1992, and of the Czech Republic from 1993 to 2003.

In India, it works the other way around: first, they get elected, then they turn to poetry and prose. Consider the poems of A.B. Vajpayee, or P.V. Narasimha Rao's The Insider, for instance.

Well, at least that's one way to get a publisher interested in your work.


  • Why, even our President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam isn't far behind with his autobiography 'Wings of Fire'.

    By Blogger Killer Bunty, at 5:29 PM  

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