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Three Fragments from 'The Selected Prose of Franz Kafka'

By Franz Kafka September 14, 2016<p>A drawing from Kafka’s journal, 1916.<p><i>Three</i> what <i>by Kafka? Truthfully, I don’t know how best to categorize the trio of prose nuggets below. I’m tempted to call them parables—each is succinct and appears to illustrate some truth—but Kafka himself undoes that notion in</i> …

Paris Review - Günter Grass, The Art of Fiction No. 124

Interviewed by Elizabeth Gaffney<p>Issue 119, Summer 1991<p>Günter Grass, by Tomi Ungerer.<p>Günter Grass has achieved a very rare thing in contemporary arts and letters, earning both critical respect and commercial success in every genre and artistic medium he has taken up. A novelist, poet, essayist, …

Paris Review - E. L. Doctorow, The Art of Fiction No. 94

Interviewed by George Plimpton<p>Issue 101, Winter 1986<p>This interview on the craft of writing with E. L. Doctorow is one of the first in this series conducted in public—which it was, under the auspices of The Poetry Center, in the main auditorium of New York City’s famed cultural spa, the 92nd Street …

Paris Review - Chinua Achebe, The Art of Fiction No. 139

Interviewed by Jerome Brooks<p>Issue 133, Winter 1994<p>Chinua Achebe was born in Eastern Nigeria in 1930. He went to the local public schools and was among the first students to graduate from the University of Ibadan. After graduation, he worked for the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation as a radio …

Paris Review - Marianne Moore, The Art of Poetry No. 4

Interviewed by Donald Hall<p>Issue 26, Summer-Fall 1961<p>Drawing by Hildegarde Watson.<p>American poetry is a great literature, and it has come to its maturity only in the last seventy years; Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson in the last century were rare examples of genius in a hostile environment. One …

Paris Review - Ted Hughes, The Art of Poetry No. 71

Interviewed by Drue Heinz<p>Issue 134, Spring 1995<p>Ted Hughes lives with his wife, Carol, on a farm in Devonshire. It is a working farm—sheep and cows—and the Hugheses are known to leave a party early to tend to them. “Carol’s got to get the sheep in,” Hughes will explain.<p>He came to London for the …

Paris Review - Ernest Hemingway, The Art of Fiction No. 21

Interviewed by George Plimpton<p>Issue 18, Spring 1958<p>Ernest Hemingway, ca. 1939. Photograph by Lloyd Arnold<p>HEMINGWAY<p>You go to the races?<p>INTERVIEWER<p>Yes, occasionally.<p>HEMINGWAY<p>Then you read the Racing Form ... There you have the true art of fiction.<p>—Conversation in a Madrid café, May 1954<p>Ernest …

Paris Review - Bernard Malamud, The Art of Fiction No. 52

Interviewed by Daniel Stern<p>Issue 61, Spring 1975<p>Bernard Malamud lives in a white clapboard house in Bennington, Vermont. Spacious and comfortable, it sits on a gentle downward slope, behind it the rise of the Green Mountains. To this house on April 26, 1974, came friends, family, colleagues, and …