»Lately, though, publishers have been pulling out some mighty big guns in the series revival game. This fall, two celebrated British novelists, Sebastian Faulks (Birdsong) and William Boyd (Any Human Heart) have published a new Jeeves and Wooster and a new James Bond novel, respectively. Come spring, the Booker Prize-winning novelist John Banville will publish a new Philip Marlowe novel under the pseudonym he uses for his own detective fiction, Benjamin Black. All three of these authors can be counted among the most esteemed British and Irish literary novelists alive today — which is a far cry from pen-for-hire jobbers like Ripley.«
When celebrated literary novelists revive classic heroes of popular fiction, the results can be surprisingly good, says Laura Miller. Her view on new books by Sebastian Faulks, William Boyd and John Banville with familiar characters at Salon.
»I never want it to be really long! I always think, «I want this to be really short,» but it never happens that way.«
A different life: Laura Miller in conversation with writer Donna Tartt about her latest novel The Goldfinch. Read the interview at salon.com.
»The Goldfinch itself could be a controlled substance, which makes the experience of reading it unsettlingly similar to the lives it describes.«
Donna Tartt’s masterful, enveloping feat of storytelling about an orphan who steals a celebrated artwork. Laura Miller about The Goldfinch at salon.com.