Selected from the pages of "Le Monde", the interviews conducted by Florence Noiville and featured in this book are unequaled in literary journalism. Noiville captures here the words and views of some of the best-known writers of the twentieth century, engaging luminaries like Saul Bellow, Nadine Gordimer, Aharon Appelfeld, and A. S. Byatt in revealing dialogue. In these pages, Noiville converses with Don DeLillo, reasons with Adolfo Bioy Casares, passes the time with Milan Kundera, and gently interrogates John Le Carre. Fluent in many languages, Noiville conducted a number of these interviews in the author's native languages, engaging these extraordinary writers on their own terms. Inimitably intimate, the interviews are a window through which readers can come to know the writers behind some of the greatest works of literature of the last hundred years. Sure to delight lovers of literature and biography, this collection is the perfect expression of the art of the interview and a priceless artifact for enthusiasts and scholars alike.
Florence Noiville is an author, a staff writer for Le Monde since 1994, and editor of foreign fiction for Le Monde des Livres, the paper's literary supplement. She is the author of several children's books, a biography of the Nobel laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer, and two novels. Teresa Lavender Fagan is a freelance translator who lives in Chicago. She has published over twenty translations.