Interviews: May 2013
Booktrust online writer in residence and author Matt Haig interviews his hero, acclaimed author Jeanette Winterson in a candid conversation about writing, longevity and life-saving books.
The Armies, Evelio Rosero’s portrait of the effect of civil war on one rural Colombian village, has a gentle opening that belies the horror to come. Ismael, a harmless old man and retired profesor, climbs a ladder each morning to pick oranges and gawp at his beautiful neighbour as she sunbathes naked in her garden. Gently the woman’s husband mocks the old man; gently the old man’s wife chides him for his embarrassing antics.
This article by Gwen Davies is based on a presentation to the Publishers' Panel of the British Centre for Literary Translation Summer School, University of East Anglia, July 2007.