Erdrich, The Art of Fiction No. 208 | Paris Review

 

Louise Erdrich interviewed in Paris Review:

INTERVIEWER

Some people refer to your writing as magical realism. Is that another pigeonhole?

ERDRICH

I have six brothers and sisters, and nearly all of them work with Ojibwe or Dakota or other Native people. My youngest brother, youngest ­sister, and brother-in-law have worked with the Indian Health Service for a ­total of more than forty years. My second-oldest brother works in northern Minnesota sorting out the environmental issues for all of the Ojibwe Nations throughout the entire Midwest. Their experiences make magical realism ­seem ­ho-hum. It’s too bad I can’t use their experiences because ­everyone would know who they are, but believe me, my writing comes from ordinary life.

Source: Paris Review – The Art of Fiction No. 208, Louise Erdrich

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