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Thursday, 27 December 2012

WRITERS ON WRITING #27: Tahar Ben Jelloun


To me if a writer writes to earn a living, he is bound to compromise –– to consider what sells and what doesn’t.  That is not my preoccupation.  I am glad to have found a readership, but one can’t write only what is likely to sell.  A writer is not a shopkeeper.  A writer creates an imaginary world that he transmits to others.

Interview in The Paris Review (Fall 1999)



Click HERE to read the full online interview with TAHAR BEN JELLOUN in the Fall 1999 issue of The Paris Review.

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