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The Game of Evenings

Adolf Hoffmeister

For Bloomsday, James Joyce and Adolf Hoffmeister argue about a Czech translation of Finnegans Wake in a rare and intimate interview from 1930.

Interview: Bruce Chatwin

Michael Ignatieff

‘After lunch in the white study, with the wooden slat blinds drawn against the fierce bright sun reflecting off the snowy fields, he sits down in a canvas chair in front of the fire, hands together, fingers touching his lips, waiting: wary, amused, elusive.’

Interviews of the Boys from the War

Daniel Kon

‘In another platoon, they were stripped from the waist down and were told to rest their balls on a plank and were then hit hard from behind. In my platoon, they were put in the camp prison.’

Interview: Hari Kunzru

Hari Kunzru & Ted Hodgkinson

‘It was interesting to me how readily UFOs can be mapped onto a spiritualism, Madame Blavatsky and so on.’

The Stone-Thrower from Eisenhuttenstadt

Max Thomas Mehr

‘Last year, a photograph was published on the back page of a Berlin daily. It depicted a German mother from the town of Eisenhuttenstadt.‘

Interview: Salman Rushdie

Blake Morrison

‘It’s often said that writers should never explain their work, but perhaps we could agree that these are exceptional circumstances.’

Interview: Daniyal Mueenuddin

Daniyal Mueenuddin

‘Great translations are much rarer than great works of fiction or poetry.’

Interview: Dina Nayeri

Dina Nayeri

‘I could shape a story before my mouth could shape the words’