Literary Miniatures

Florence Noiville

Translated by Teresa Lavender Fagan


5 x 8 inches, 224pp. May 2013

ISBN : 9780857421067

Rs  425.00 (HB)
$20.00 (HB)
£14.00 (HB)

Buy (HB)

Selected from the pages of Le Monde, the interviews conducted by Florence Noiville are unequalled in literary journalism. In Literary Miniatures, Noiville captures the words and views of some of the best-known writers of the twentieth century, engaging luminaries like Saul Bellow, Nadine Gordimer, Aharon Appelfeld, and A. S. Byatt in revealing dialogue. In this collection, Noiville converses with Don DeLillo, reasons with Adolfo Bioy Casares, passes the time with Milan Kundera, and gently interrogates John Le Carré.


Fluent in many languages, Noiville conducted a number of these interviews in the subject’s native language, engaging these extraordinary writers on their own terms. Inimitably intimate, the interviews are a window through which readers can come to know the writers behind some of the greatest works of literature of the last one hundred years. Sure to delight lovers of literature and biography, this book is the perfect expression of the art of the interview and a priceless artifact for enthusiasts and scholars alike. 

Florence Noiville, author and journalist, has been staff writer for Le Monde since 1994 and editor of foreign fiction for Le Monde des Livres, the paper’s literary supplement. She has written several books for children and a biography of Nobel Prize–winning author Isaac Bashevis Singer, for which she won the 2004 Biography Award. Her first novel, La Donation (The Gift), was published in 2004. Her Literary Miniatures was published by Seagull Books in 2013.



Teresa Lavender Fagan is a freelance translator who has published over 20 translations, including J. M. G. Le Clézio's The Mexican Dream (1993) and Roland Barthes' Incidents(2010). She has also translated Meur's novel House of Shadows

French List