Michael Orthofer Answers Your Questions | Conversations with Tyler

Michael Orthofer Answers Your Questions | Conversations with Tyler


Popular American fiction. I do find myself being disappointed more often than not with those. I think the most recent one was a
three-for-one volume of a Jean Echenoz which includes both “I’m Gone” and
“Piano” and “Piano” is one of my favorite books because it takes such an unlikely subject and unlikely turn and it plays it out perfectly. I think popular authors write a simple
language. Obviously, if it’s simple language it’s easier to translate. But
surprisingly I think authors who are very challenging who play a lot with
languages often gain in translation as well because it permits the translator
to add something of their own to the text. I’d love to be able to read more by some
Chinese authors like Jia Pingwa. Fortunately I believe more is coming out. Dag Solstad, the Norwegian author, who
I could perhaps make my way through the Norwegian but would much prefer that they were available in language that I could very easily read. I do think stress in any form whether
it’s just personal or larger geopolitical stress does seem to make
for more interesting literature. It’s fairly easy. I just get so immersed
in a book. I truly… I’m one of those people who
lose themselves in a book so that’s relatively easy. I’m more drawn to corporate law. I was never for the theatrics of the
trial law. I’m actually a detail-oriented, text
oriented person so actually going through documents going through
contracts that suited me quite well. Relatively rarely, immediately. Sometimes
I have read a book and I’ll leave a period of time, often years,
before I find myself able to review it or interested enough in reviewing it. I do think second readings always show
you different things about books, but I have to admit I’m an impatient person I
want to get on with the next. I want to move on to a new book.

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