Declan Burke queried John Banville (aka Benjamin Black) about reading, writing, and related subjects. A taste from the Q & A:
What crime novel would you most like to have written?Read the complete Q & A.
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT – though I would have smartened up Dostoyevsky’s tin-eared prose style.
What fictional character would you most like to have been?
Adrian Leverkuhn, in Thomas Mann’s DOCTOR FAUSTUS: an utter monster but a supremely great artist. I would have worked at helping him to find his inner nice person. Ha.