Banville turns the knife

This post was written by Friday guest blogger Annie Reid.

In case you missed it, there’s a great interview with John Banville over at the Age. He talks about why, after his Booker win was announced, he stood up in front of the icy, shocked crowd and said, “It is good to see a work of art being recognised!”:

“I said it because I wanted to annoy them, all those literary London critics – they know how to turn the knife. Theirs is such a small world. So I decided to have a go at them. I meant what I said. I do think it good that a work of art has won.

“On the other hand, I do understand the point, why people might think a book like The Sea should not win the Booker. After all, the prize is there in order to keep people reading books, I understand that.

“So they think novels should be about identifiable things, that there should be a story, and all that. They believe that people when they read don’t want to have to think, they just want it to flow over them so they don’t have to think.”


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