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The author describes her love-hate relationship with Günter Grass and the problem with Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections
The book I am currently reading
A brilliant collection of short stories, Let’s Tell This Story Properly by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, about Ugandans in Britain. It’s like eavesdropping on the family that just moved in next door.
The book that changed my life
The Tin Drum by Günter Grass. It’s a novel that’s so free, so openly curious about the world. It takes nothing for granted, and makes everything, from the smallest ant to the tallest soldier, matter. It attracted and repulsed me, delighted and perplexed me. There is nowhere it does not go. It loosened something in me, and I found myself compelled to do wild things with language.