William Faulkner claimed he was a failed poet, and theorized that a writer takes up novel writing in the final stage after having failed to write poetry and short story. He considered short story as ‘the most demanding form after poetry’. This hypothesis, however, does not hold good to me. I never tried to write poetry, though there always is a spate of writing poetry in the alluvial soil of Bangladesh by people in their happy adolescence or at the age of puberty. I also beg to differ with Faulkner on his logic of the pecking order in regard to creative writing skills. Why I took to writing stories then was quite obvious. As a matter of fact, a strong passion for listening to stories was implanted in me in my childhood days while I was used to being lulled to sleep by ghost and horror stories told by my mother. She had to tell me a large number of stories throughout the year which exceeded even the number of the stories of the Arabian Nights. My mom, though a treasure trove of stories, was soon short, and had to improvise to slake my thirst. The typical errors and omissions of her promptly-woven stories would be spotted by me, but my interest never flagged. - See more at: http://www.dhakacourier.com.bd/?p=14399&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=an-apology-for-writing-fiction-in-english-in-bangladesh#sthash.Df8motYn.dpuf
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At some point writing a novel becomes “rather like a monster,” Mario Vargas Llosa, the 2010 recipient of the Nobel Prize in literature, said.
“Once in an essay, I tried to compare the creation of the novel with having a tapeworm—the presence of a fanatical master who devours everything within us,” Vargas Llosa said.
Despite his numerous literary awards, Mario Vargas Llosa said writing is an all-consuming, insecurity-inducing labor for him. He discussed his writing process and literary career in Clayton Hall’s standing-room only auditorium during Thursday’s speech “A Writer and His Demons,” which was part of the university’s “Transnational Encounters” visiting author’s series.
Provost Domenico Grasso opened the night by explaining the purpose of the Transnational Encounters series is to bring “brilliant minds” to campus.
“Our campus is immeasurably enriched by experiences like these, and as lovers of great literature, we, too, are personally enriched by talent like his,” Grasso said.
Cynthia Schmidt-Cruz, Spanish and Portuguese professor, said the university was able to contact Vargas Llosa through Spanish professor Angel Esteban, an old friend of the poet. Schmidt-Cruz introduced Vargas Llosa by explaining his belief that writers have an obligation to participate in the civic debate.
“He’s not afraid to take on social issues directly and decisively, so decisively, in fact, he ran for the presidency of Peru in 1990,” Schmidt-Cruz said.
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