Arnon Grunberg



‘Imagine Flaubert with a wife and four children,
a bread-and-butter job at the University,
worries about taxes and high blood-pressure,’ is the first stanza of a poem (Author, Author) by Michael Hofmann.

Read it here.

Next stanza starts with the line:

‘All obligations are a curse for the writer.’

A curse and a blessing.

As Hofmann writes: ‘A few steamy hours, then years of correspondence: promised meetings.’

Taxes, promised meetings, a few steamy hours, a dozen novels or so and some immortality based on a misunderstanding.

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