Herman Koch, novelist: 'Anton Chekhov's clear prose could have been written yesterday'
Thursday 17 July 2014
Where are you now and what can you see?
I am sitting at the kitchen table at home. I can see a park not so far in the distance, people on bicycles or jogging. A tractor is cutting grass.
Farther in the distance, between the trees at my horizon, sometimes a boat passes by. At my back is the city, only a few hundred yards away, but in front of me it looks like I am in the countryside.
What are you currently reading?
My Father's Tears by John Updike, a collection of short stories he wrote in the last ten years of his life. There are a lot of old people in it, some of them dying, but so beautifully written that I only read one story a day, in the morning, and more often, just a few pages.
Choose a favourite author and say why you admire her/him
Anton Chekhov, for his clear prose that could have been written yesterday.
Describe the room where you usually write
I change a lot between rooms in the house. Today I'm writing at the kitchen table, yesterday, lying down on the sofa. Wherever I am with my laptop and notebook is the room where I write. Next week it could be a hotel room.
Which fictional character most resembles you?
Every first person fictional character that is no older than seventeen.
Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?
At the moment, it is Robin van Persie, the best Dutch soccer player since Johan Cruyff.
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