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Friday, 4 May 2012

WRITERS ON WRITING #13: François Mauriac


I have never begun a novel without hoping that it would be the one that would make it unnecessary for me to write another.  I have had to start again from scratch with each one.  What had gone before didn't count...I was not adding to a fresco.  Like a man who has decided to start his life over again, I have told myself that I had so far accomplished nothing: for I have always believed that my chef d'oeuvre [masterpiece] would be the novel I was working on at the time.

The Art of Fiction #2  [The Paris Review #2, March 1953)




Click HERE to read the full FRANÇOIS MAURIAC interview by JEAN LE MARCHAND posted in the online archive of The Paris Review.

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