Mr. Matzerath has just seen fit to inform me that this partisan, unlike so many of them, was an authentic partisan. For – to quote the rest of my patient’s lecture – there is no such thing as a part-time partisan. Real partisans are partisans always and as long as they live. They put fallen governments back in power and over throw governments that have just been put in power with the help of partisans. Mr. Matzerath contended – and this thesis struck me as perfectly plausible – that among all those who go in for politics your incorrigible partisan, who undermines what he has just set up, is closest to the artist because he consistently rejects what he has just created.

— The tin drum, Gunter Grass

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