Nicole Krauss

Nicole Krauss

We Create Who We Are

Interview with Nicole Krauss about her love for writing and literature in general. The New York Times declared Krauss as one of America's most important contemporary novelists.

In this conversation Nicole Krauss (b. 1974) reflects on different aspects of literature. Growing up in a family that had fled Europe during the Second World War, Krauss did not have a feeling of a rooted home. Seeing refuge in the world of reading at an early age later led her towards writing. On a blank page, we can be anything, she says. Also Krauss reflects upon the concepts of heritage and loss which recur in all of her novels. We all suffer loss, Krauss states, but the interesting thing is how we deal, and live on, with it. Finally, Krauss argues, every novel is a championing of the individual over the masses, and thus has a political aspect to it. The world of literature reminds the reader of the fact that each life is singular and thus of infinite value.

Nicole Krauss was interviewed by Marc-Christoph Wagner.

Produced by: Marc-Christoph Wagner
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2012

Supported by Nordea-fonden

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