Know Your History – 18th August – Nicole Krauss born

know your history - writingOn this day… 18th August, 1974 – Nicole Krauss born.

Nicole Krauss (born August 18, 1974) is an American author best known for her three novels Man Walks Into a Room (2002), The History of Love (2005) and Great House (2010). Her fiction has been published in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Esquire, and Granta’s Best American Novelists Under 40, and has been collected in Best American Short Stories 2003 and Best American Short Stories 2008. Her novels have been translated into 35 languages. In 2010, she was selected as one of The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40” writers to watch. In 2011, Nicole Krauss won an award from the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards.

About WritingNicole Krauss_not_ready_for_the_world

“I think of novels as houses,” she says. “You live in them over the course of a long period, both as a reader and as a writer. And I have a very strong spatial sense. Perhaps it’s genetic. My grandfather was an engineer, and my father was first an engineer and then an orthopaedic surgeon. The feeling I have when I write of putting all these pieces together, and noticing how they create a shape, and then knowing that I have built something and that it will stand up; it’s so satisfying to me.”

Did You Know?..

Krauss starts many of her books with a single image.

“I inherited it from the former owner of my house, who’d built it into the wall according to some very esoteric specifications. It doesn’t have 19 drawers, but it is huge. I knew I was going to have to work at it; it was the obvious place. But I hated this desk. The trouble was, though, that to get rid of it, you would have to destroy it.” In spite of her dislike, she began to feel a weird sense of responsibility towards it. So when she came to write a book about the burden of emotional inheritance, the desk insinuated its way into her story as a symbol of that load.

-Extract from an interview with Krauss featured in a Guardian Article.

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