At the renowned, international literary conference hosted by
Villa Gillet and "Le Monde," organizers asked more than seventy
prominent authors to choose a word that opens a door to their work.
Their musings, collected here for the first time, offer an
extraordinary portrait of writing and reading from the novelist's
perspective. Organized alphabetically by keyword, the anthology is
filled with intriguing, amusing, and often surprising insight,
essential to an intimate understanding of literature.
Through these personal "passwords," authors articulate the
function of language, character, plot, and structure. Throughout
the process, they reveal their relationship to the elements of
story. Jonathan Lethem discusses the necessity of "furniture" in
the novel. A. S. Byatt describes the power of the narrative web.
Colum McCann details the benefits of anonymity. Daniel Mendelsohn
expounds on the unknowable, or what the author should or should not
impart to the reader. Etgar Keret explains the importance of
"balagan," a Hebrew word meaning "total chaos," and Annie Proulx
clarifies "terroir," which embodies the complexities of time,
place, geography, weather, and climate. Other participants include
Rick Moody on adumbrated, Upamanyu Chatterjee on the bildungsroman,
Enrique Vila-Matas on discipline, Adam Thirwell on hedonism,
Nuruddin Farah on identities, Andre Brink on the heretic, and Pter
Esterhazy on the power and potential of words, words, words.
Columbia University Press
|Country of origin:
Villa Gillet/ Le Monde
||Electronic book text
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