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Among the quotes I keep taped to the printer on my writing desk is this one, from Italo Calvino’s “Invisible Cities”:
“The inferno of the living is not something that will be; if there is one, it is what is already here, the inferno where we live every day, that we form by being together. There are two ways to escape suffering it. The first is easy for many: accept the inferno and become such a part of it that you can no longer see it. The second is risky and demands constant vigilance and apprehension: seek and learn to recognize who and what, in the midst of the inferno, are not inferno, then make them endure, give them space.”
Literary heavyweights such as Chinese Nobel Laureate Gao Xingjian and top contemporary novelists such as Mohsin Hamid and Nadeem Aslam (Pakistan/UK) have been confirmed as authors participating in this year’s Singapore Writers Festival.
The organizers have unveiled the full list of authors and speakers for this year’s festival.
You had a successful career in business before you published your first novel. How did you end up as a writer?
I stumbled into consulting. I didn’t know how you could make a living trying to write fiction. So I went to law school and had this enormous debt, so I interviewed for a job at McKinsey.
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