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Interviu: Joan Didion

scriitoarea mea preferata, Joan Didion intr-un interviu vechi pentru Paris review, despre tehnicile de scris.
e reconfortant sa stii ca si aia mari mari scriu si rescriu la nesfirsit.
aici e dupa lansarea cartii A year of magical thinking, o analiza asupra doliului, singuratatii, iubirii – scrisa dupa moartea sotului sau.

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INTERVIEWER

Do you do a lot of rewriting?

DIDION

When I’m working on a book, I constantly retype my own sentences. Every day I go back to page one and just retype what I have. It gets me into a rhythm. Once I get over maybe a hundred pages, I won’t go back to page one, but I might go back to page fifty-five, or twenty, even. But then every once in a while I feel the need to go to page one again and start rewriting. At the end of the day, I mark up the pages I’ve done—pages or page—all the way back to page one. I mark them up so that I can retype them in the morning. It gets me past that blank terror.

INTERVIEWER

Did you do that sort of retyping for The Year of Magical Thinking?

DIDION

I did. It was especially important with this book because so much of it depended on echo. I wrote it in three months, but I marked it up every night.

INTERVIEWER

The book moves quickly. Did you think about how your readers would read it?

DIDION

Of course, you always think about how it will be read. I always aim for a reading in one sitting.

INTERVIEWER

At what point did you know that the notes you were writing in response to John’s death would be a book for publication?

DIDION

John died December 30, 2003. Except for a few lines written a day or so after he died, I didn’t begin making the notes that became the book until the following October. After a few days of making notes, I realized that I was thinking about how to structure a book, which was the point at which I realized that I was writing one. This realization in no way changed what I was writing.

INTERVIEWER

Was it difficult to finish the book? Or were you happy to have your life back—to live with a lower level of self-scrutiny?

DIDION

Yes. It was difficult to finish the book. I didn’t want to let John go. I don’t really have my life back yet, since Quintana died only on August 26.

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Restul interviului aici
in urma cu 3 saptamini a mai lansat o carte Blue Nights, tot autobiografica. din pacate Joan Didion nu e tradusa (inca) in Romania.

2 Comments Published

9 years ago / Reply

stii cate carti bune am citit datorita tie in ultima vreme? Multe! Mi-am comandat aseara The Year of Magical Thinking. o Astept cu nerabdare. Multumesc!

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