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Paris Review - Emmanuel Carrère, The Art of Nonfiction No. 5

Interviewed by Susannah Hunnewell<p>Issue 206, Fall 2013<p>With Eduard Limonov in Moscow, in 2012.<p>The French, who are notoriously divided on literary matters, all seem to agree: there are few great writers in France today, and Emmanuel Carrère is one of them. Carrère writes nonfiction, or what he calls …

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Paris Review - Henry Miller, The Art of Fiction No. 28

Interviewed by George Wickes<p>Issue 28, Summer-Fall 1962<p>Henry Miller: Self portrait.<p>In 1934, Henry Miller, then aged forty-two and living in Paris, published his first book. In 1961 the book was finally published in his native land, where it promptly became a best-seller and a cause célèbre. By now …

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Paris Review - Jean Cocteau, The Art of Fiction No. 34

Interviewed by William Fifield<p>Issue 32, Summer-Fall 1964<p>Jean Cocteau’s self portrait.<p>A collector had a house full of horrible things. “Do you like these?” Cocteau finally asked. “No. But my parents missed the chance of buying the impressionists cheap because they didn’t like them. I buy only what I …

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Think digital distractions have killed our attention spans? Think again

The rise of complex TV series and vast novels shows we still prefer commitment to a quick fix<p>The young woman opposite on the tube last week was lost in Donna Tartt's new novel, The Goldfinch. She personified the truth that attention deficit disorder is a lie. I'm not saying she was weirdly small, …

Paris Review - Louis-Ferdinand Céline, The Art of Fiction No. 33

Interviewed by Jacques Darribehaude and Jean Geunot<p>Issue 31, Winter-Spring 1964<p>Louis-Ferdinand Céline, ca. 1932.<p>LOUIS-FERDINAND CÉLINE<p>So what can I say to you? I don’t know how to please your readers. Those’re people with whom you’ve got to be gentle … You can’t beat them up. They like us to amuse …

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Paris Review - Jorge Semprún, The Art of Fiction No. 192

Interviewed by Lila Azam Zanganeh<p>Issue 180, Spring 2007<p>Jorge Semprún, ca. 1970.<p>In Paris, in the winter of 1943, Jorge Semprún, a twenty-year-old Spanish-born philosophy student and a member of the Communist Party, was arrested by the Nazi occupiers, tortured, and sent to Buchenwald. Although he …

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