If you've paid any attention whatsoever to TEV over the years, you'll know that we're just ga-ga about The Paris Review Interviews series. As each volume has come out, we've pretty much gobbled it up and they keep ending up in the Recommended sidebar for good reason. There is no better archive of the working process of the world's great writers.
With the release of the latest installment, The Paris Review Interviews IV - which features the likes of Philip Roth, Ezra Pound, Haruki Murakami, and Marilynne Robinson, our friends at Picador have very generously offered up two complete boxed sets for a pair of lucky TEV readers. Here's Roth:
INTERVIEWER: You spoke of the last phase of writing a novel being a “crisis” in which you turn against the material and hate the work. Is there always this crisis, with every book?
ROTH: Always. Months of looking at the manuscript and saying, “This is wrong—but what’s wrong?” I ask myself, “If this book were a dream, it would be a dream of what?” But when I’m asking this I’m also trying to believe in what I’ve written, to forget that it’s writing and to say, “This has taken place,” even if it hasn’t. The idea is to perceive your invention as a reality that can be understood as a dream. The idea is to turn flesh and blood into literary characters and literary characters; into flesh and blood.
And here's a sample manuscript page from The Anatomy Lesson:
The rules remain the same: Drop us an email, subject line: "WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE PARIS". You must, must, must include your full mailing address to qualify. We will take all entrants until 6 p.m. PST on Sunday, November 1, at which point the Random Number Generator will shine its light on two very fortunate TEV readers. Until then.
UPDATE: Congratulations to the winners of our most popular giveaway to date, Mike Fisher and Kerry Hubers. (And for those who get frustrated at the lack of RNG love, you should know Kerry is a TEV Giveaway long timer whose number finally came up!)