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‘Straightforward stories are just boring to me’

  • Published at 12:51 am November 12th, 2017
‘Straightforward stories are just boring to me’

What are you reading at the moment?

Mostly my student's work this week. The journals of André Gide are next.

What are you writing at the moment?

A play.

Have you read any work of fiction by a Bangladeshi author?

A major problem in American publishing is how insular it is and though I frequently seek out work in translation or from non-American authors, I have yet to come across a Bangladeshi author. I'll happily take a recommendation!

How do you feel about attending the Dhaka Lit fest 2017?

I'm very much looking forward to it. I love travelling, even airports are exciting to me.

You are on Granta’s 2017 list of best American novelists and Granta will be launched at the DLF this year. Do you think this initiative will bridge the gap between the centre and the periphery?

Not necessarily. It's just a list of some writers that some other writers think are worthwhile. Every new centre creates a new periphery.

In an interview with Granta you said anti-heroes and dystopias are more interesting to you. Why?

I'm interested in characters and dramatic situations that have a lot of discord and discomfort because those are the situations and people that we learn from. Straightforward stories are just boring to me.