Monday 14 July 2014
Laurence Liban, L’Express

Avignon se languissait d’une soirée à grand spectacle où tout serait en scène: un texte fort, dérangeant, peu connu, une grande forme scénographique où le théâtre dans son plus simple appareil bénéficierait des machinations de la plus haute technologie, et des acteurs magistraux, aussi précis dans le jeu que des danseurs. Toutes ces exigences se sont trouvées rassemblées, hier soir,dans le plein air de la cour du lycée Saint-Joseph, avec The Fountainhead, en français, La Source vive, d’Ayn Rand, cette Américaine d’origine russe qui écrivit ce récit en 1943 et en situa l’action dans les années 1920.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 14 Jul 2014
François Varlin, Théâtral Magazine

C’est le roman fleuve d’Ayn Rand, paru en 1943, que le directeur du fameux Toneelgroep Amsterdam, Ivo van Hove, présente dans une mise en scène remarquable et une scénographie exceptionnellement riche et complexe.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 14 Jul 2014
Sunday 13 July 2014
Joel Boyce, Winnipeg Free Press

The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress… has in turn been held up as a libertarian allegory in the tradition of Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead (it’s not – allegory, that is – Mistress is very political, but not at the expense of narrative or character).

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 05 Jul 2014
Friday 11 July 2014
Marcos Ordóñez, El País (Madrid)

…porque, mientras el montaje y las interpretaciones siguen a gran altura, el texto elegido (una adaptación de El manantial, la millonaria novela de Ayn Rand) me resulta una extraña opción por parte de su director, Ivo Van Hove, que ha llevado a la escena materiales mucho más sustanciosos, como…

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 11 Jul 2014
Temma Ehrenfeld, Weekly Standard

…tomblike termite towers—alongside nauseating shots of the glassy bugs.  Animal architecture may be large, but is never grand. It is free of Howard Roark egos and history: For once, the words “organic” and “timeless” are truthful. Form does follow function. The fanciest structures are meant for…

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 11 Jul 2014
Thursday 10 July 2014
Shelly Reuben, Huntingtonnews.net (Huntington, WV)

I learned how to fall in love with an Irish alcoholic in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I learned how to build a housing project that I would later blow up in The Fountainhead. I learned how to steal a loaf of bread and starve romantically in Les Miserables.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 10 Jul 2014
Brian Doherty, Reason

September, the producers of Atlas Shrugged Part III: Who Is John Galt? launched a Kickstarter campaign that ended up raising $446,000 to help fund the final installment of the film adaptation of Ayn Rand’s 1957 novel about a world driven to the brink of collapse by
overweening redistributionist government. The predictable response was cheap jokes from people whose (mis)understanding of Rand only went as far as: “She’s that scary chick who valorizes businessmen and the market.” Detractors assumed that asking people to freely
support something they valued was altruistic and therefore un-Randian.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 10 Jul 2014
Wednesday 09 July 2014
Naoibh O'Connor, Vancouver Courier

He regards The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged author Ayn Rand, a proponent of objectivism — a philosophy that rejects socialism — as one of his principal influences.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 09 Jul 2014
Monday 07 July 2014
Orlando Delogu, The Forecaster (Portland, ME)

Novelists such as Ayn Rand (“The Fountainhead,” “Atlas Shrugged”) touted laissez-faire capitalism. The morality of individual (and corporate) self-interest – some would say “greed” – was said to be key to the nation’s wealth and economic growth.


The lessons of history seem clear: income/wealth inequality, and the cult of individual and corporate freedom in unregulated markets, does not produce sustained economic growth. Tax cuts do not produce economic growth. There is no “invisible hand” operating for the benefit of the larger society.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 07 Jul 2014
Thursday 03 July 2014

Ayn Rand, (1905-1982), was an American author and social critic. Her books serve mainly as a means of expressing her philosophies. Literary critics tend to see them as marred by a tendency to instruct the reader.

Rand’s best-known novels are THE FOUNTAINHEAD (1943) and ATLAS SHRUGGED (1957). Both present a moral and economic philosophy, called Objectivism, based on individualism and self-interest. These novels express the belief that original ideas are the main force in the world and that creative individuals deserve to profit from their ideas. The heroes represent disciplined, rational people of action who reject organized religion. In THE FOUNTAINHEAD, an architect destroys a housing project in which his ideas had been altered. In ATLAS SHRUGGED, one of the central characters calls a “mind strike,” during which all creative people withhold their ideas from the rest of the world. The strike reveals that society cannot exist without creative genius.

Rand was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. She moved to the United States in 1926 and became a U.S. citizen in 1931. Her novels WE THE LIVING (1936) and ANTHEm (1938) reflect her early life in Russia. Both novels express her revolt against socialist forms of government. Rand also wrote about her philosophies in such works of nonfiction as FOR THE NEW INTELLECTUAL (1961), THE VIRTUE OF SELFISHNESS (1964), and CAPITALISM, THE UNKNOWN IDEAL (1966).

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 29 Jun 2014
Buttonwood, The Economist

Before 2007, most economists seemed to think that credit didn’t matter, except when it caused inflation; that is clearly wrong.

Acceptance of this point does not imply (to me, at least) a wholesale commitment to small government or the novels of Ayn Rand (I would rather crawl over broken glass than re-read The Fountainhead, with its leaden prose and its “hero” who essentially wants to build the kind of tower blocks that blight urban landscapes. A good example of why policy can’t be left to the “elites” that Rand glorifies.) The trouble is that economics has become a team game like football in which one must cheer for one’s own side, and boo the arguments of the other.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 03 Jul 2014
Wednesday 02 July 2014
Imma Fernández, El Periodico (Barcelona)

«Una batalla de ideas y de pasiones. La lucha entre el idealismo y el oportunismo, entre el individualismo y la colectividad». Así resume el director belga Ivo van Hove The Fountainhead (La deu), la adaptación del best-seller de Ayn Rand El manantial con el que regresa hoy al Grec (en el Lliure de Montjuïc hasta el viernes) tras el aclamado Tragèdies romanes con el que triunfó el pasado verano.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 02 Jul 2014