Nicole Krauss: “The only way I could write about these things was projecting them into the character of this old, isolated, charming but difficult man. I could express things that I simply couldn’t in my own skin, in my own life… I think that is what one is always doing as a writer. Not just self-expression, but something bigger than that, which is self-invention. In that process of self-invention you are expanding a portion of yourself… Writers are kind of like mockingbirds, in that they take what is interesting and shiny and useful from their own lives and they weave it into this tapestry that they’re making.”
[in an interview with ‘The Bookseller’ magazine, May 19, 2017]
Nicole Krauss is talking about her novel The History of Love. Read more about her books at her website.
‘The History of Love’ by Nicole Krauss [UK: Penguin]
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