Archive for October, 2013

Short stories

Tuesday, 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!?’ ¬†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 didn‚Äôt 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.

Talking to Kim Thuy

Thursday, 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 ‘M√£n’ which has just been released here in Sweden. I am enjoying it immensely and look forward to Sunday.

Kim thuy



Klick here to read more about the Festival.

And here to hear the conversation.

Preparing for the Dutch release of The Memory of Love

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Very exciting! Just received the cover for the Dutch edition of ‘The Memory of Love’ ¬†to be released in Holland in April next year by Orlando.




Man Booker Prize 2013

Wednesday, 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.

eleanor Catton

Read more here.

The Nobel Prize for literature 2013

Thursday, 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!

alice munro

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’ …

Maruice Gee

Finally, tangible proof!

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

The free copies of the Russian edition of ¬†‘Let me sing you gentle songs’ ¬†finally arrived in the mail!