New interview with Jason Hrivnak

“Just a few days before the (Canadian) launch, the Quebec writer Nelly Arcan killed herself and that shook me badly because her work had been special to me. She was one of only a handful of people whose esteem I’d have cared about one way or another. And this wasn’t simply a question of degree, of her standing at the peak of a hierarchy of writers into whose hands I’d dreamed of placing the book. She was a nonpareil, one of a kind, and when she was gone from the picture, when she was devoured by the exact same destructive forces that I was fighting against in my work, I had a sense of total waste, a sense that I was flinging the book out into the desert. I probably didn’t work hard enough to ensure the book’s success because the silence that greeted it felt just.”


Full interview (French-language) >

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