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»Meine Neugier beim Schreiben galt «den Borisen», und der Boris im Buch ist der beste Freund von Theo, ein lebenslanger Freund. Ich habe zum Beispiel in einer wunderbaren Statistik gelesen, dass die Ukrainer [sic: «die Borise»] die literarischsten Menschen der Welt sind und dabei die höchste Alkoholismus-Quote erreichen. Sowas gefällt mir!«

Donna Tartt

Pulitzer-Preis für den Roman The Goldfinch (dt.: Der Distelfink): Donna Tartt im Gespräch mit Sandra Hoffmann. Das Interview gibt es beim Deutschlandfunk.

»«Hört, hört», sagt Donna Tartt und fügt hinzu, dass sie für The Goldfinch genau so viel Zeit benötigt habe, wie im Buch vergehe. «Diese Zeit ist jetzt im Buch, und ich bin nicht mehr dieselbe Person, die ich war, als ich es zu schreiben anfing.»«

Patrick Bahners

Wunder der Literatur: Patrick Bahners berichtet bei der Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung über einen Abend mit der US-amerikanischen Autorin Donna Tartt und dem US-amerikansichen Autor Allan Gurganus (aktuelles Buch: Local Souls). Darin geht er auch auf den neuen Roman Der Distelfink (engl.: The Goldfinch) ein, der in den nächsten Tagen im deutschsprachigen Raum veröffentlicht wird.

»So many people say to me, why don’t you write books faster? And I’ve tried to, just to see if I could. But working that way doesn’t come naturally to me. I would be miserable cranking out a book every three or four years. And if I’m not having fun writing it, people aren’t going to have fun reading it. I don’t want it to be just some little amusement-park ride. I mean, what’s the point of doing that?«

Donna Tartt

An enigma: Mick Brown in conversation with writer Donna Tartt about her latest novel The Goldfinch. Read the portrait at The Telegraph.

»For all its artfulness, and despite a satisfying and wholly unexpected denouement, The Goldfinch both describes and understands the arbitrariness of life and never makes it seem simpler or more orderly than the fascinating, troubling mess it is.«

Geoff Nicholson

An accomplished work that understands the arbitrariness of life: Geoff Nicholson about the novel The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. His review at the Los Angeles Times.

»But the Victorian tenor of this thoroughly modern novel isn’t reflected only in its extended plot and vast collection of memorable characters. You can also feel that 19th-century spirit in the author’s willingness to take advantage of her enormous canvas to reflect self-consciously on moral and aesthetic concerns that so many contemporary fiction writers are too timid or too sophisticated to address directly.«

Ron Charles

A giant new masterpiece about a small masterpiece: Ron Charles reviews Donna Tartt‘s latest novel The Goldfinch. His review at The Washington Post.

»At a time when so much literature is either contemptuous of plot or enslaved by it, The Goldfinch is a gripping page-turner and a challenging, beautifully written account of modern life.«

James Kidd

Oddly gripping: James Kidd about the novel The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. His review at The Independent.

»In a fiction of almost 800 pages the narrative arc has to be sustained. Its first half is essentially a Bildungsroman along the lines of Great Expectations, with similar gothic multilayering, eccentric guardians and unrequited love.«

Catherine Taylor

Donna Tartt‘s much anticipated third novel The Goldfinch is a richly wrought entertainment that explores grief, loss and art. Catherine Taylor reviews the novel at The Telegraph.

»And I admit that by this point, close to the end of a monotonous 800-page novel, I was truly perplexed. Nothing wrong, I suppose, with a Harry Potter homage, but it’s hard for an adult reader to be gripped by a tale with no real subtext and peopled entirely by Goodies and Baddies.«

Julie Myerson

Overlong and tediously Potteresque: Julie Myerson with a harsh critique on Donna Tartt‘s latest novel The Goldfinch. Her review at The Guardian.