Some of the scenes described actually turned me on.— Times Literary Supplement
I’m an Australian writer, the author of eleven books (seven novels and four books of non-fiction including the Quarterly Essay Found in Translation: In Praise of a Plural World). My most recent books are The Empress Lover, published in April 2014 and the non-fiction Beijing, about the city and its history, published in 2014 as well. I live in Sydney and am working on several new projects, including a new novel and a screenplay.Read more »
Je t’aime, Paris.
It is possible to feel horror, revulsion and sadness about what happened in Paris (as well as Beirut and Nigeria and other places) and yet also feel compassion for refugees and to take a stand against the prejudice and racism of those who would judge an entire religion on the basis of the actions of a handful of violent criminals.
They said it...
‘Writing is like driving a car at night. You can see as far as the headlights, but you make the whole trip that way.’ – E.L. Doctorow
‘Language is like a cracked kettle on which we beat out tunes for bears to dance to, while all the time we long to move the stars to pity.’ – Gustave Flaubert
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