The PEN Ten

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PEN America has published an interview with Aleksandra Lun, translated by yours truly, in which she explains why writers are sometimes Godzillas, sometimes Donald Ducks. It begins:

I was born and raised in a totalitarian state, and my perspective on truth and fiction is one that I share with other writers from Eastern Europe—we regard reality with the same skepticism as a repeat divorcee regards marriage. Everything started out well enough: we fell in love with Truth and married her, but then we had the 20th century we had. Our beloved Truth left, abandoning us to the school of fiction that is every totalitarian system. Will we rekindle our relationship with her? I suspect we’re more likely to dine at a cross-border restaurant with Caricature, Surrealism or The Grotesque.

Read the rest at the PEN site.

By plumeofwords

Melbourne-based young writer and translator whose fiction and essays have appeared in Australian literary journals

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