Siri Hustvedt

"Since the Greeks, anger is only allowed to those in power."
Oct 2020


"Since the Greeks, anger is only allowed to those in power."

Siri has given several interviews around her upcoming guest appearance at the upcoming Filba Festival, which takes place online this year, from October 16 to 24, 2020, with nine days of virtual activities and actions for adult and young readers.

Patricio Zunini interviewed Siri about the interests that she addresses in her novels: politics, feminism, the relationship between identity and memory, and love.

PZ: In your novels you often mention Tristram Shandy, the Lawrence Sterne classic. In Memories of the Future, a character says that he loves it because he is both digressive and progressive. Why the passion for Tristram? And then: can that observation be interpreted as a way of reading your own novel?

SH: I read Tristram Shandy in my early twenties and reread it before writing Memories of the Future. The narrative, as everyone knows, is sinuous and mimics one of the central problems of the book, which is coitus interruptus , orgasm never comes for that poor man! One of the reasons I referred to Tristram Shandy at the beginning of Memories of the Future was to give the reader a clue, so that they would know that the novel would not follow the conventions of direct storytelling. But also, because the novel deals with questions about time, Tristram Shandy is a good text to have in the margin. And, furthermore, my novel takes as reference the books of the 18th century, when, especially in England, the narrator spoke directly with the reader. I wanted that privacy.

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