Tuesday, August 4, 2015


Nathalie Sarraute Paris Review Interview


awyn said...

Bob, thank you so much for this. I know of several people who have shut down their blogs, quit trying to get published and some even giving up writing altogether because "no one is interested in what I have to say". Do we write for ourselves or others? How important is recognition--and of what sort? How much (or little) does that matter, and why? Writerly questions writers often ask themselves, the real answers sometimes coming as a complete surprise.

Sarraulte: I can't put myself in the reader's place, or know what he's looking for, what he sees. I have no idea. I never think of him when I'm writing.

Interviewer: You weren't discouraged?

Sarraulte: It suffices to have one reader, who realizes what you want to do.

(A sentiment some of us, I think, also share. That at least one other person out there "gets it". Give up sharing? Maybe. Give up writing? Never! I found Sarraulte's responses highly encouraging. So thank you!)

Jonathan Chant said...

Inspiring: just ordered a copy of Childhood.

Thanks Bob.

Bob Arnold / Longhouse said...

Dear Annie and Jonathan,

I'm with you both — NS has always been the real mccoy. One should order her books, read them, share them.

Annie, one should keep writing! which you already know.

all's well, Bob