” To me, a book is a book. A novel is a novel, and you have hundreds of possibilities, options, and they may all be fine. Charles Dickens or Ingeborg Bachmann, Claude Simon or later writers. The one and only condition is that it has to be good: it has to have quality, substance, atmosphere. “


” Some critics said, ‘Hey, why are you writing historical novels?’ I say they’re not historical, they’re contemporary, because people walking around who lived through this, even a little bit, they carry it inside. The contemporary isn’t just what you can see now. “


” If you’re a Norwegian writer, you are not visible in the world. The door of the English language is very hard to open for a Norwegian writer. “


” When you are a sentence-based writer, they have to be good. They have to be really on the spot. Because when you don’t have a plot, really, what shall you rely on? Just language. And sometimes I am so afraid of writing the wrong thing, I just sit and wait for the right thing to come. “


” I rely heavily on rhythm when I write. You should tap your foot when you read it, all the way through. “


” A lot can change because you are embarrassed by something. “


” In a household tragedy, you are very much aware of being alone. It is something that is possible to grasp, and that is why it hurts so much. Because you are alone. I know a little about this. “



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To me, a book is a book. A novel is a novel, and you have hundreds of possibilities, options, and they may all be fine. Charles Dickens or Ingeborg Bachmann, Claude Simon or later writers. The one and only condition is that it has to be good: it has to have quality, substance, atmosphere.
Some critics said,


If you
When you are a sentence-based writer, they have to be good. They have to be really on the spot. Because when you don
I rely heavily on rhythm when I write. You should tap your foot when you read it, all the way through.
A lot can change because you are embarrassed by something.
In a household tragedy, you are very much aware of being alone. It is something that is possible to grasp, and that is why it hurts so much. Because you are alone. I know a little about this.
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