Friday, May 29, 2009

Anne Michaels

Anne Michaels' debut novel Fugitive Pieces was an international bestseller and won the Orange Prize for Fiction. Her latest novel is The Winter Vault.

From her Q & A with Anna Metcalfe in the Financial Times:

Who are your literary influences?

Dostoevsky, Tolstoy and Anna Akhmatova; John Berger, Shakespeare, Joyce and the American poet Charles Wright.

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What novel would you give a child to introduce them to literature?

Gerald Durrell’s My Family and Other Animals.

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What book changed your life?

John Berger’s To the Wedding for the depth of its humanity. Few writers can convey such profound humanism. It’s a beautiful book.
Read the complete Q & A.

--Marshal Zeringue