Todd Hasak-Lowy profiled

The Gainesville Sun‘s Candace Quinn profiles Todd Hasak-Lowy, Hebrew literature professor and author of The Task of This Translator, a debut short story collection I’ve mentioned before.

Asked about his influences, Hasak-Lowy names Nicholson Baker’s The Mezzanine, a short novel that he says “very overtly analyzes the trivial and shows in a very round about way that it may not be so trivial.”

“That was one thing that gave me license to think about the fact that something that seems small or insignificant, if it gets the proper attention, is not necessarily small or insignificant,” he says.

The other author of influence was Yaakov Shabtai, an Israeli novelist and playwright who gained fame in the ’70s.

I met Hasak-Lowy in New York last week, for a lunchtime interview, and I’ll have more to say about that soon.


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