The Paris Review Interviews: Vol. II

Author(s): Philip Gourevitch

Modern Thought

Since "The Paris Review "was founded in 1953, it has given us invaluable conversations with the greatest writers of our age, vivid self-portraits that are themselves works of finely crafted literature. From William Faulkner's determination that a great novel takes "ninety-nine percent talent . . . ninety-nine percent discipline . . . ninety-nine percent work," to Gabriel Garcia Marquez's observation that "in the first paragraph, you solve most of the problems with your book," "The Paris Review "has elicited revelatory and revealing thoughts from our most accomplished novelists, poets, and playwrights. With an introduction by Orhan Pamuk, this volume brings together another rich, varied crop of literary voices, including Toni Morrison, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Graham Greene, James Baldwin, Stephen King, Philip Larkin, Eudora Welty, and more. "A colossal literary event," as Gary Shteyngart put it, "The Paris Review Interviews, II, "is an indispensable treasury of wisdom from the world's literary masters.


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"The Paris Review books should be given out at dinner parties, readings, riots, weddings, galas -- shindigs of every shape. And they're perfect for the classroom too, from high schools all the way to MFA programs. In fact, I run a whole semester-long creative writing class based on the interviews. How else would I get the world's greatest living writers, living and dead, to come into the classroom with their words of wisdom, folly and fury? These books are wonderful, provocative, indispensible."--Colum McCann, novelist and Hunter College professor
"The most remarkable and extensive interviewing project we possess."--Richard Eder, "The New York Times"
"A small treasure. The interviews are literary landmarks, and the gossip, humor, ideas, and practical advice dispensed are bracing."--"San Francisco Chronicle"
"Utterly absorbing . . . The interviews are all fascinating and often quite funny."--"The Boston Globe"

"Groundbreaking, eclectic, indispensable Q&As."--"Elle"

"As "The Paris Review Interviews" reveals, there is an art to the interview and a value to what it brings. . . . In the best interviews, the exchange of question and answer brings the authors to life.""--The Wall Street Journal"

"Fascinating interviews . . . [The subjects] discuss their writing and methods with detail and candidness found nowhere else. While lit fans will undoubtedly be satisfied, aspiring authors will glean tremendous insight from these masters of the craft.""--The Plain Dealer" (Cleveland)

"The unguarded moment . . . that's the holy grail for any interviewer trying to discover what makes a writer tick. "The Paris Review" has a long history of delivering such moments in the author interviews it has conducted over the past half century.""--The Seattle Times"

"A stimulating, funny, and provocative snapshot of five decades' worth of (mostly) American literary history . . . The resulting conversations are luminous and often revelatory.""--Minneapol

General Fields

  • : 9780312363147
  • : Picador USA
  • : Picador USA
  • : 0.431
  • : September 2007
  • : 208mm X 142mm X 28mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paperback
  • : 512