House on Fire


At the Guardian, Marta Bausells interviews Idra Novey about her life as a translator, the notion of vanishing, and the freedom of speaking another language. On writing her novel, Ways to Disappear, Novey recalls:

I wanted to surprise myself and burn down the house of fiction on every page, as much as I could. … I was wondering, how can you write fiction that is as lyrical and sensual as poetry—and that moves to the next meaningful moment as quickly as poetry does?

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Stephanie Bento is a writer, classical cellist, and photographer living in Washington, DC. In her writing, she is interested in exploring the musicality of sound and form, and our connection to time and place. Find out more about her creative work at, or say hello/bonjour on Twitter @saudadebelle. More from this author →