“It takes all of two ingredients. You need an egg yolk and oil. It’s not exactly magic.”
“Nasrallah paints a vivid picture of this fictitious dictatorship, especially the father/son relationship that at once holds the country together and threatens to bring the whole house of cards crashing down.”
“I like to take my breakfast on the veranda, in the humid morning air, while reading The Nation. That way I know exactly how to abuse its editor during our daily exchange. A national newspaper, to my mind, should have priorities.”
This year, we begin a new tradition and ask a handful of English-language publishers to look back at 2017, focusing as ever on Quebec fiction.
“Storytelling is a good way to look at the narrative. The Souleye/Soleil French pun being a prime example, translator Claire Holden Rothman has chosen to stick close to the French, given all the wordplay.”
“I’ve heard it said that troubles don’t arrive alone. One trouble leads to the next, and often the second one is worse than the first. Pa once told me that the Japanese have an expression for this: A wasp stings the crying face.”