Author Q & A with James Lasdun

On Thursday, June 6th at Book Culture 112th we are thrilled to host James Lasdun in celebration of his newest novel Afternoon of a Faun.  James Lasdun also answered some questions on his inspirations and current reads--check it out on our blog!

How did you come to write Afternoon of a Faun?

It was a convergence of various longstanding interests/obsessions: the drama of getting to the truth about complex and fraught situations, the always fascinating question of who one believes and why, the intersection of power and desire in human relations. Also, I’d been thinking about London in the Seventies (the time and place of my coming of age), and the story of a shocking accusation from the deep past seemed a dynamic way of combining that era with the present. The #MeToo movement began just as I was finishing the book, which of course gave it an added dimension that also interested me greatly.    

What are you currently reading?

Annie Ernaux: The Years, Tayeb Salih: Season of Migration to the North, Maupassant: Like Death

Do you have a favorite book of all time?

That would have to be either Anna Karenin by Tolstoy or Ovid’s Metamorphoses. For me they’re the ultimate examples of the two great impulses of narrative literature: to capture reality, and to transcend it.

Is there anything you are particularly looking forward to the publication of?

I’m very eager to read Sally Rooney’s Normal People.

What's next?  Any upcoming book projects in the works you can tell us about?

I’m just feeling my way into a new novel. Always a bit daunting at this stage…


James Lasdun is the author of Afternoon of a FaunThe Fall GuyThe Horned Man, and Seven Lies, several poetry and short story collections, and a memoir. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, he teaches creative writing at The New School and lives in upstate New York.

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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 9th, 2019

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By Annie Ernaux, Alison L. Strayer (Translated by)
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Published: Seven Stories Press - November 21st, 2017

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By Tayeb Salih, Laila Lalami (Introduction by), Denys Johnson-Davies (Translated by)
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By Leo Tolstoy, Richard Pevear (Translated by), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translated by)
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By Ovid, David Raeburn (Translated by), Denis Feeney (Introduction by)
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