Of all the litfests across the world, why did you decide on Jaipur?
Because India is the most exciting place to be now, in literary terms. And I’m looking forward to meeting Indian writers at the festival.
What’s common to Indian and Irish writers?
With Indian and Irish writers winning the Booker in successive years, there’s almost a sense of friendly competition between us.
And is there a big difference between the Indian and Irish traditions of narrative?
Broadly, the Irish tradition is very involved in the individual voice whereas the Indian tradition seems to be more about culture.
Why is the Booker so important in the world of literature?
It’s a triumph of marketing—they do a lot to promote the prize-winning author. But unlike other lit prizes, it’s so simple—the only literary prize for a book in English in one year.
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