Category Archives: Novelists

An Interview with Nathan Englander

First Published: The Irish Times, Wed 19 Sept 2012 HOW MUCH does it bother Nathan Englander to be boxed in as a Jewish writer? About as much as it bothers any writer who decides to call his book What We … Continue reading

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Blindly Towards a Home: Nicole Krauss, novelist

First Published: The Irish Times, February 19, 2011 SHE IS a novelist who has, from the beginning of her career, been preoccupied by the notion of memory; the tricks it can play, the fixations it can breed, the way it … Continue reading

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Stranger than Fiction: Gary Shteyngart, Novelist

First Published: The Irish Times, Saturday, Oct 16, 2010 ‘LOOK,” GASPS GARY Shteyngart. “A guy just walked in with a book!” Shteyngart stares. The book-toter stares back. Around us, everyone else stares into their touchscreens. The thing about Shteyngart’s Gramercy … Continue reading

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I Would Tell You This: Robin Black, Writer

A version of this article appeared in The Irish Times, September 11, 2010 “AT SOME POINT,” says Robin Black, “I realised that I’d never written a love story in which both people are alive.” Which presents two possibilities: one, that … Continue reading

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Into Alaska: David Vann

First Published: The Irish Times, August 13, 2010 ‘ALL OF our family photographs from my childhood were with something dead,” says David Vann. It seems that’s the kind of family album you wind up with when you grow up learning … Continue reading

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Sam Lipsyte, Novelist

First Published: The Irish Times, June 4, 2010 ‘IT’LL BE okay,” says the small boy at the heart of Sam Lipsyte’s latest novel, The Ask . “It’ll be okay,” three-year-old Bernie Burke says, and the heart of his father, the … Continue reading

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Never Ask Me Why: Paul Auster, Novelist

First Published: The Irish Times, Saturday, September 5, 2009 “WELL, MR AUSTER. Tell me all about yourself.” Quite a way to start a conversation. But then, if you’re Samuel Beckett, you can probably get away with any conversation-starter you like. … Continue reading

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From the Lake: Garrison Keillor

First Published: The Irish Times, Saturday, July 25, 2009 IN THE ELEVATOR, I’m sceptical. He can’t always talk in that voice, can he? At 11am, in the middle of a busy two-day trip to New York, at the end of … Continue reading

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An Irishman in America: Colm Tóibín

First Published: The Irish Times, Saturday, April 25, 2009 IT’S SPRINGTIME in Brooklyn, in the old Italian neighbourhood of Cobble Hill. But suddenly it doesn’t feel like Brooklyn anymore; suddenly the air seems that of a small Irish town, of … Continue reading

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John Banville: The Art of Fiction, No. 200

    My interview with John Banville, conducted on four occasions in Dublin between 2007 and 2008, has just been published in the Spring 2009 issue of The Paris Review. You can read an excerpt here.

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