Dacia Maraini: ‘With a classic you can be always sure: if a novel has survived many generations, it means that it has some qualities that don’t die with the death of the author.’

What was the first book to make an impression on you?The first book, which was not yet a book, because we didn’t have books in the Japanese concentrat(...)

Peter Matthiessen: the award-winning novelist, naturalist, 1950s CIA operative and  ordained Zen monk  died just three days before ‘In Paradise’ was published. Photograph: Gordon M Grant/New York Times
In Paradise
  • Books
  • August 2, 2014, 01:00

Biography, as a subset of truth, can itself be as strange and rich as fiction. Take the recently deceased American writer Peter Matthiessen: award-(...)