Adam Thirlwell discusses Multiples, '12 Stories in 18 Languages by 61 Authors'
- Ashley Welling
- 1 August 2013
This article is from 2013.
Thirlwell will be joined by contributors John Banville and Nadeem Aslam at the 2013 Book Festival
'Twelve stories in eighteen languages by sixty-one authors' boasts the cover of Multiples, a book that sets out to experiment with everything that is gained and lost in the process of translation.
'It's definitely changed the way I think, in ways I'm still trying to process,' Thirlwell explains. 'Mainly, it has to do with thinking in more multiple ways about style – either questioning the usual idea that a single novelist should have a single style or, even more disturbingly, whether style in a novel is really locatable in a specific language at all. But we could talk about that for centuries.'
When asked what sort of discussions audiences should expect from the event this year, Thirlwell suggests: 'Nervous discussions about minute linguistic problems; exuberant discussions about the joys of collective projects; utopian discussions about a future international literature.'
Edinburgh International Book Festival, Charlotte Square Gardens, 0845 373 5888, 12 Aug, 3.30pm, £10 (£8).