Literary Miniatures

Florence Noiville

Florence Noiville

Distributed for Seagull Books

Translated by Teresa Lavender Fagan
183 pages | 5 x 8 | © 2013
Cloth $20.00 ISBN: 9780857421067 Published May 2013 World sales rights except India
Selected from the pages of Le Monde, the interviews conducted by Florence Noiville are unequaled in literary journalism. In Literary Miniatures, Noiville captures the words and views of some of the best known writers of the twentieth century, engaging luminaries like Saul Bellow, Nadine Gordimer, Aharon Appelfeld, and A. S. Byatt in revealing dialogue. In this collection, Noiville converses with Don DeLillo, reasons with Adolfo Bioy Casares, passes the time with Milan Kundera, and gently interrogates John Le Carré.


Fluent in many languages, Noiville conducted a number of these interviews in the subject’s native language, engaging these extraordinary writers on their own terms. Inimitably intimate, the interviews are a window through which readers can come to know the writers behind some of the greatest works of literature of the last one hundred years. Sure to delight lovers of literature and biography, this book is the perfect expression of the art of the interview and a priceless artifact for enthusiasts and scholars alike.

Outlook India
"A real delight to read with unexpected, tangential detours, an ear for the uncanny and a distilled, bare-boned way of writing."
Contents
Acknowledgements
Translator’s Note
      Teresa Lavender Fagan
Introduction
      Florence Noiville

The Salvation of Sleep
      Aharon Appelfeld
The Hermit of Vermont
      Saul Bellow
Reflecting on the Secrets We Keep
      Neil Bissoondath
Conversations with Ghosts
      A. S. Byatt
Ficiton Helps Us See and Question Ourselves
      Don DeLillo
The Iberindian
      Carlos Fuentes
‘I Prefer to Trust in Reality’
      Carlo Ginzburg
The ‘White African’
      Nadine Gordimer
Ten Words
      Yu Hua
Words Full of Sound
      Kazuo Ishiguro
Betting on Life
      Imre Kertész
Only the Work Matters
      Milan Kundera
Triple Agent
      John le Carré
Literature Born of a Prison Cell
      Carlos Liscano
One: Literature is Not a Diversion
      Mario Vargas Llosa
Two: Public Healer
      Mario Vargas Llosa
We Have All Experienced Betrayal
      Javier Marías
‘Without Writing, I am Lost’
      Toni Morrison
Overly Dangerous Zones
      Harry Mulisch
‘I Don’t Trust Eternity’
      Herta Müller
Soaring Alongside the Divine
      Cees Nooteboom
We Are Made of Thousands of Others
      Jean-Bertrand Pontalis
‘Nostalgia Makes Me Laugh’
      Sempé
Studying the Inner Movements of Awareness
      Ersi Sotiropoulos
‘I Write Because I Want to Know’
      William Trevor
The Old Robber
      Tomi Ungerer
Substance
      Thanassis Valtinos
We’re All Actors on a Stage
      Enrique Vila-Matas

Works Cited
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