Once I met a writer who said he couldn’t bear to be a writer any more. It was at a party in Madrid and I don’t remember how I ended up there, but it was on Calle de Ventura de la Vega so I assume it was someone I met that night who had taken me there (my own friends, to the extent that I even ha…
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‘Oline Stig doesn’t blindly obey the narrow logic of the dramatic curve, and she lets the story branch where it is necessary. The end is surprising and, so to say, out of tune in a liberating way.’
The Pine Islands
‘Gilbert Silvester woke up distraught. Mathilda’s black hair lay spread out on the pillow next to him, tentacles of a malevolent pitch-black jellyfish.’