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Critic and former Granta editor Freeman (The Tyranny of E-Mail, 2009) presents a collection of 55 deeply informed and closely observed encounters with exceptional novelists. After stumbling through his first interview with John Updike, Freeman learned that “an interview is a form of conversation that has the same relationship to talking as fiction does to life.” Over the subsequent 13 years, Freeman spoke confidently with novelists who have something “to say about the world that can only be said in a story”in conversations he deftly wove into compact yet defining literary newspaper profiles. And what a spectrum he covers, from such towering figures as Toni Morrison, Nadine Gordimer, Joyce Carol Oates, and Günter Grass to Aleksandar Hemon, Kiran Desai, crime writer Donna Leon, and Jonathan Franzen. Haruki Murakami explains why a “repetitious life” is good for the imagination. E. L. Doctorow talks about the balance between the imagined and the historic, and Kazuo Ishiguro comments on the mess Freeman makes while eating scones. Ranging from the profound to the amusing,Freeman eloquently appreciates novelists and the “consolations of narrative.” --Donna Seaman
A gift for readers and writers. -- Junot Diaz --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Editorial Reviews
the writing is especially clear and fluid and the sheer number of writers that freeman interviews helps make this a very valuable text.Published 19 months ago by wendy tronrud
Is really a pleasure to read such famous writers evolved in short stories. The personal experience in each case is so rich.Published 22 months ago by Maria Fernanda
The authors described are FAMOUS. A few of them are FAMOUS for being FAMOUS. Or in Norman Mailers case, infamous. Many prize winners here: Bookers, Pulitizers, Nobels. Read morePublished 23 months ago by D. Kane