How to Read a Novelist

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Text Publishing Company, Aug 22, 2012 - Literary Criticism - 288 pages
How to Read a Novelist is the ultimate booklovers book.

John Freeman, author and editor of Granta magazine, has interviewed nearly every name in fiction and the literary world. In this collection Freeman has compiled the most insightful and fascinating of his interviews, essays and articles.

Paul Theroux on the state of sex in America, Margaret Atwood as inventor, John Updike as relationship advisor and Geoff Dyer as England's hippest middle-aged novelist, among many others including Philip Roth, Siri Hustevdt, Doris Lessing, Kirin Desai, Toni Morrison, Kazuo Ishiguro, Tom Wolfe and Peter Carey.

Interviews, essays and articles:

Toni Morrison, 2004
Jonathan Safran Foer, 2005
Haruki Murakami, 2008
Richard Ford, 2007
Ngugi wa Thiong’o, 2006
Gunter Grass, 2007
Nadine Gordimer, 2007
David Foster Wallace, 2006
Khaled Hosseini, 2007
Doris Lessing, 2006
Hisham Matar, 2007
Siri Hustvedt & Paul Auster, 2008
Kazuo Ishiguro, 2005
Charles Frazier, 2006
Edmund White, 2005
Geraldine Brooks, 2008
Imre Kertész, 2004
Oliver Sacks, 2007
Kiran Desai, 2006
Philip Roth, 2006
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, 2006
Dave Eggers, 2005
Vikram Chandra, 2007
Adrienne Rich, 2006
Tom Wolfe, 2004
Robert M. Pirsig, 2006
Elif Shafak, 2007
Peter Carey, 2008
Mo Yan, 2012
Donna Leon, 2005
John Updike, 2003
Seamus Heaney, 2006
Joyce Carol Oates, 2007
Paul Theroux, 2005
Don DeLillo, 2006
Louise Erdrich, 2008
Norman Mailer, 2007
James Wood, 2008
Margaret Atwood, 2006
Mohsin Hamid, 2007
Richard Powers, 2006
Alan Hollinghurst, 2004
Ian McEwan, 2005
Caryl Phillips, 2005
Wole Soyinka, 2007
Salman Rushdie, 2005
Jim Crace, 2007
Marilynne Robinson, 2012
Edmundo Paz Soldán, 2006
Amitav Ghosh, 2008
Ayu Utami, 2006
Frank McCourt, 2005
Sebastian Junger, 2006
Geoff Dyer, 2003
A. S. Byatt, 2005

John Freeman is an award-winning writer and book critic who has written for numerous publications, including the New York Times Book Review, Los Angeles Times, Guardian and the Wall Street Journal. Freeman won the 2007 James Patterson Pageturner Award. He is the editor-in-chief of Granta and lives in New York City.

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'John Freeman's collection of interviews spans 56 giants of the literary world, nine years and an accumulated IQ reaching into the stratosphere.' Sunday Star Times

'Pure gold...Full of wit and wisdom; a buoy in the face of life's inevitable swats.' Insights Magazine

'Freeman's interviews transcend the mechanics of the encounters and, beyond smart and knowledgeable, he's the kind of interlocutor who asks a sideways question, then pays attention to the space and circumstance of the answer as much as to its words.' Weekend Australian

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Flattering profiles of modern novelists by an astute, occasionally fawning reader.Despite the idle boast of the title, this collection by Granta editor in chief Freeman (The Tyranny of E-mail: The ... Read full review

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John Freeman is an award-winning writer and book critic who has written for numerous publications, including the New York Times Book Review, Los Angeles Times, Guardian and the Wall Street Journal. Freeman won the 2007 James Patterson Pageturner Award. He is the editor-in-chief of Granta and lives in New York City.

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