Nobility of spirit: We met in Amsterdam and talked about Paul Celan, Hannah Arendt, Koestler, Cioran, Fondane, metaphysics, revolutions, and totalitarian delusions. I found him immensely approachable. It was in 2011 or 2012 at a conference organized by Rob Riemen, the president of Nexus Institute. Adam Zagajewski, Fania Oz, Moshe Idel, Krystian Zimerman, Michael Ignatieff, Avishai Margalit were there. He is one of the very few survivors of the European Republic of Letters. Many happy returns, George Steiner!
“Language can only deal meaningfully with a special, restricted segment of reality. The rest, and it is presumably the much larger part, is silence.” (George Steiner, born April 23, 1929)