Neel Mukherjee and Patrick deWitt discuss their books Undermajordomo Minor and The Lives of Others, subconscious influence, the power of the exclamation mark and love.
‘One purpose of art is to get us to wake up, recalibrate our emotional life, get ourselves into proper relation to reality.’
‘I have never felt it as a poet, and that is why I’m doubly grateful to dance, for having experienced the loneliness and the terror of the empty stage, but also, to have had that live connection.’
‘It’s the barrel that rots the apples.’ Leslee Udwin talks to Sonia Faleiro about her film India's Daughter.
‘Sometimes we don’t quite know what we’re seeing.’
‘They happen organically. If a can of Pepsi shows up it’s because I was thinking about a can of Pepsi.’
‘In rapidly transforming societies, writers may lose the space they’ve built their imaginative lives around.’
‘I remain what I have always been, a human being first, and then an Iraqi. And then I am a writer.’
‘The bewilderment was productive, and relit a good fire under my instinct, which I didn’t have to conflate with certainty.’
‘Usually my wife makes fun of me.’
‘I always think the borderline between reality and non-reality, or fantasy, is much thinner in Japanese fiction than in American or British fiction.’
‘When we talk about history, the dangers of embellishment, fabrication and wilful distortion are ever-present’
‘What is often particular to Finnish Weird is that it portrays a realistic, palpable setting which gradually starts to acquire elements of fantasy.’
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