Today I’m continuing with the theme of
“blog topics no one is interested in” “writers I saw at the Literary Festival whose works I have not read”.
The first writer was Tèa Obreht. She was interviewed by the Italian TV presenter, Serena Dandini (whose show, coincidentally, I have never watched).
Dandini began by exclaiming repeatedly that Obreht looked young (ma sei giovanissima!), which seemed like a very televisional thing to say.
But the fact that Obreht looks young for her 26 years, is hardly the most interesting thing about her. What’s more interesting is her life: born in the ex-Yugoslavia (now known as Serbia?), childhood spent in Mediterranean countries, immigrated to US at 12 with family, studied creative writing at university and published acclaimed first novel while young – not while merely looking young.
Obreht’s novel The Tiger’s Wife, sounds very tempting, even to someone like me who is not really into fiction at the moment.
(An interesting aside: in Italy, The Tiger’s Wife is sold under the title of L’Amante della Tigre (TRANS: The Tiger’s Lover). Does that mean lover is more marketable than wife in this country??)
Another writer I went to see was Geraldine Brooks.
Brooks is a former journalist and writes well-researched novels about semi-real, semi-fictional people (e.g her novel March is the story of the sisters’ father in Little Women and is based on Alcott’s own father).
This was the best event I saw at the festival. The interviewer had clearly done her homework: She made interesting observations about Brooks’ work and asked questions I wanted to hear the answers to. Brooks, in turn, gave fascinating answers…but I find myself not up to the task of blogifying them in any particularly illuminating way.
It was another successful festival and I have no shortage of ideas as to which writers’ books I should read, should I suddenly have a craving to read something new and fictional.