One Minute With: Amitav Ghosh, novelist
Saturday 19 May 2012
Where are you now and what can you see?
I'm in my study in Brooklyn and I can see a construction site out of the window.
What are you currently reading?
I'm re-reading Maurice Collis's 'Into Hidden Burma' from the 1930s. People don't read him very much now but he's a wonderful writer.
Choose a favourite author, and say why you admire her/him
My favourite authors change week to week. I've just finished a reading Philip Hensher's 'Scenes from Early Life', about his partner's childhood. It is distantly like Gertrude Stein's book on Alice B Toklas.
Describe the room where you usually write
I write in two rooms because I divide my time between Brooklyn and Goa. They are stacked high with books and they are incredibly messy. In Goa, the view looks towards a river.
Which fictional character most resembles you?
When I was growing up, I identified with Tintin. I love travel and he could go anywhere he wanted.
Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?
Aung San Suu Kyi. I've written at great length about her. Her patience and her willingness to work towards compromise are great contributions to modern life.
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