That's Anil's path. She grows up in Sri Lanka, goes and gets educated abroad, and through fate or chance gets brought back by the Human Rights Commission to investigate war crimes.
A writer uses a pen instead of a scalpel or blow torch.
It's why you create characters: so you can argue with yourself.
It's a responsibility of the writer to get the reader out of the story somehow.
Truth, at the wrong time, can be dangerous.
As a writer, one is busy with archaeology.
I don't see novels ending with any real sense of closure.
I'm a Canadian citizen. But I always want to feel at home in Sri Lanka. I'm a member of both countries.
The first sentence of every novel should be: Trust me, this will take time but there is order here, very faint, very human. Meander if you want to get to town.
I tend not to know what the plot is or the story is or even the theme. Those things come later, for me.
I don't have a plan for a story when I sit down to write. I would get quite bored carrying it out.
I see the poem or the novel ending with an open door.
The past is still, for us, a place that is not safely settled.
In the book the relationship with Katharine and Almasy is sort of only in the patient's mind.
It doubles your perception, to write from the point of view of someone you're not.
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