What relationship, if any, does the anticolonial novel of ideas bear to the contemporary “theory novel”? Nguyen’s novels expose the tension between the two forms.
“Writing is a community practice,” Garza says. “When we write, we write with others. We always write with materials that are not our own.”
“I write only when I have something to say” — How should a Caribbean writer of my generation take this? Moreover, Is it a good advice for a teacher to give her writing students?
“Home is a place where I exist at every age.”
Novels, she says, should provide a “vision of life” rather than a “fascinated horror” of it.
“Who do we, as writers, choose not to leave behind?”
“The novel wraps itself around you like a cocoon.”
I think of my favorite literary interviews as revelatory events: occasions, in Toni Morrison’s words, “when some moment or phrase flares like a lightning bug” and all participants “see it at the same time and… remember it the same way”.
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