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A writer uses a pen instead of a scalpel or blow torch.
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Anil's Ghost may be a familiar style to earlier books I've written, but it feels new to me.
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As a writer, one is busy with archaeology.
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I do know that film is much more visceral, in terms of its effect on the reader.
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I don't have a plan for a story when I sit down to write. I would get quite bored carrying it out.
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I don't see novels ending with any real sense of closure.
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I grew up in a country that was very different - the germs of racism were there then, I just wasn't aware of it.
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I read fiction, a little nonfiction, a little poetry - as various as possible.
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I see the poem or the novel ending with an open door.
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I tend not to know what the plot is or the story is or even the theme. Those things come later, for me.
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I'm a Canadian citizen. But I always want to feel at home in Sri Lanka. I'm a member of both countries.
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In the book the relationship with Katharine and Almasy is sort of only in the patient's mind.
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It doubles your perception, to write from the point of view of someone you're not.
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It's a discovery of a story when I write a book, a case of inching ahead on each page and discovering what's beyond in the darkness, beyond where you're writing.
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It's a responsibility of the writer to get the reader out of the story somehow.
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It's an odd state to be in, blowing the whistle on your home country.
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It's why you create characters: so you can argue with yourself.
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Once I've discovered the story, I might restructure it, maybe move things around, set up a clue that something is going to happen later, but that happens much later in an editorial capacity.
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Prose is much more public; I would like it to be as private, intimate, casual, not structured as poetry, not having an agenda.
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Research can be a big clunker. It's difficult to know how you can make the historical light.
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Right now, I have no idea what I will write or if I will write again.
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That's Anil's path. She grows up in Sri Lanka, goes and gets educated abroad, and through fate or chance gets brought back by the Human Rights Commission to investigate war crimes.
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The first sentence of every novel should be: Trust me, this will take time but there is order here, very faint, very human. Meander if you want to get to town.
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The last three books are much more a case of a moment of history, what happened almost by accident or coincidence, like being in the same elevator or lifeboat.
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The past is still, for us, a place that is not safely settled.
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To write about someone like myself would be very limiting.
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Truth, at the wrong time, can be dangerous.
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When I was writing Billy the Kid, all I had was the question, How do I write this book? That's always the question.
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When you're writing, it's as if you're within a kind of closed world.
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You don't want to write your own opinion, you don't want to just represent yourself, but represent yourself through someone else.
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You want to suggest something new, but at the same time, resolve the drama of the action in the novel.
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You're getting everyone's point of view at the same time, which, for me, is the perfect state for a novel: a cubist state, the cubist novel.
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