Monday, September 24, 2007


some idea of new work from Yann Martel.

"He researched the book extensively, travelling twice to Poland to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, which was "depressing as hell, of course" but - he sighs - only because we bring the burden of our knowledge of the crimes committed there to this derelict place. After Edinburgh, he left for Poland again. Although he has completed his essay, he wants to be certain that he has successfully captured its haunting atmosphere in his fictional fable."

Looks like something about a year from now, and I know it's been a juggernaut, but Pi is still a fine novel.
One of the highlights of my time at Words Worth was hearing him read to a church full of people shortly after 9/11, and he was what everyone needed.
It's fantastic (though certainly in their interest) that his British publisher Canongate are giving him all the time he needs.

Link from Sarah

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