There is a widespread difficulty in the Muslim world, which has to do with how the people are taught about examining their own history. A whole range of stuff has been placed off limits.
The gamble of literature is that I make the best work I can; the most truthful, the most representative of how I see things. I try and do that, and then I put it out there and say to you, 'What do you think?' I hope that you think well of it, obviously.
Chekhov is this poet of melancholy and isolation and of wishing you were somewhere else than where you are.
If the creative artist worries if he will still be free tomorrow, then he will not be free today.