Interview with Michael Ondaatje

Michael Ondaatje's most recent novel, Divisadero, is another one of those books in my forever growing "to read" pile. Sigh. Hopefully I'll get around to reading it one of these days...

From The Hindu:

Do you get tired of people calling you a poetic novelist?

Only because I think it's being misinterpreted. People's complaints about poetic novels are that the writing is lush, ornamental. But you know poetry is laconic, it's tight. In poetry, the language is focusing on tightness, not saying everything like in a novel. It's exactly the opposite of what they think. I don't mind though. Whenever they want to criticise it they'll say, "Oh he's a poet," with a wink in their eye.

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