Lisa Appignanesi is a novelist and writer who has been made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in recognition of her contribution to literature. Her books include Mad, Bad, and Sad and All About Love.
From her Q & A at the Independent:
Choose a favourite author, and say why you admire her/himRead the complete Q & A.
It will have to be Philip Roth. He manages to mingle ideas, character, questions about what it is to be human – all with huge narrative zest and often humour.
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Which fictional character most resembles you?
If I have to choose one who isn't Henry James's Isabel Archer, or George Eliot's Dorothea, or Balzac's young man from the provinces, then it would have to be Christopher Robin or, maybe, Pollyanna.
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Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?
All the young people who took part in the Arab Spring! And the great and greatly patient Aung San Suu Kyi.
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