October 29th, 2013
Having a nostalgic swim through the still sea of saved short stories. A folder seldom opened. I reread and I alternately squirm and marvel. ‘Oh, no, did I write that?’ and ‘Oh. Did I really write that!?’ Â One particular story left me moved. I am not really sure if it is a short story… But it is short. And it is a story, a fictional interview with Franz Kafta, written several years ago. It makes such sense to me now. When I wrote it, the questions were overshadowing the answers, I think. Or perhaps not. Perhaps I just needed time to accept the insights.
‘You know, I never did come to terms with anything in my life. And the fact is that for me, the writing didnâ€™t help at all. Rather the opposite, I think, when I look back. It removed me from the real life. It took away all the things other people have: family, work, even my health. And it never provided any answers for me.’ Franz Kafka
Why flamingos? Well, you will have to wait and read the story. If/when it is published.
October 24th, 2013
This Sunday, October 27 at 1pm, I will be talking to the Canadian-Vietnamese author Kim Thuy as part of the Stockholm Literature Festival at The Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm. I am presently reading her novel ‘MÃ£n’ which has just been released here in Sweden. I am enjoying it immensely and look forward to Sunday.
Klick here to read more about the Festival.
October 22nd, 2013
Very exciting! Just received the cover for the Dutch edition of ‘The Memory of Love’ Â to be released in Holland in April next year by Orlando.
October 16th, 2013
New Zealand writer Eleanor Catton wins the Man Booker Prize for her novel ‘Luminaries’. Wonderful, just wonderful! Now, let’s see if this extraordinary achievement gets the media attention it deserves. In New Zealand.
Read more here.
October 10th, 2013
Alice Munro was number two on my list of candidates for the Nobel Prize for literature (Paul Auster has been my favourite for years). I am so very pleased for her sake, of course. And also for the sake of Canadian literature – I live in another Commonwealth country whose literature is largely ignored internationally, New Zealand – and for the sake of the short story genre. Congratulations!
Now that it will likely be some time before another author from the American continent will be chosen, may I here propose Maurice Gee, a New Zealand writer of great distinction whose works portray this distant small country and the people who inhabit it with warmth and passion. To explore this wealth of wonderful stories, begin with ‘Plumb’ …
October 10th, 2013
The free copies of the Russian edition of Â ’Let me sing you gentle songs’ Â finally arrived in the mail!
September 11th, 2013
I am very pleased to announce that I am now represented by Partners in Stories, a brand new agency based in Stockholm and headed by Jonas Axelsson, formerly head of fiction at Albert Bonniers FÃ¶rlag. I now hope for a long period of peace of mind to focus on finishing my fourth novel.
From here on, please, direct all rights enquiries Â to Jonas Axelsson, email@example.com
July 4th, 2013
I have not abandoned you. I have just been overwhelmed by life. Soon I will again travel across the world, back to the other side. This half life of mine will continue. And now I am beginning to wonder if I have become too adjusted to it to ever be able to settle properly anywhere. My new home here in Auckland gives me some comfort. I have my own things around me for the first time in four years. Yet it feels strangely transient, temporary. It will be interesting to see how it will appear to me from a distance… Hopefully, I will be able to resume more regular visits to my blog once I am back in Stockholm.
April 16th, 2013
The kindness of your nature at JFK airport
A friend snapped this picture of my book at JFK airport yesterday. It is a slightly surreal feeling to realise that the book has a life of its own over in the US, while I am sitting here on this particularly grey day in Auckland. It is easy to think that nothing happens when you hear and see nothing. So, this image was a most welcome sign that my book is doing well. Without me. The odd review has been coming through, all good. So, instead of browsing for more information I should let it go. And return to my task.
March 24th, 2013
I have said it before: I do not believe those who claim that they never read reviews. There is an element of masochism in exposing oneself to them, and inevitably, only the bad ones linger. I am not sure how many good reviews Sonata for Miriam received around the world and I can’t quote any, but I certainly remember the blog that called it a ‘five star turkey’.
Slowly, the reviews for The Memory of Love Â are beginning to appear. So far, so good. Here is one from BookBrowse