giovedì 15 giugno 2017

SIMENON SIMENON. GEORGES ON THE HOT SEAT: PART 2

Extracts from a unique daylong interview by a team of five doctors 

SIMENON SIMENON. GEORGES SUR LE GRIL : PARTIE 2 
Extraits d’une interview unique, d'une journée complète, par une équipe de cinq médecins 
SIMENON SIMENON. GEORGES SULLA GRIGLIA: PARTE 2
Estratti di un intervista unica di un'intera giornata, da parte di un'equipe di cinque medici

8) “When he [the reader] sees a character who resembles him and has the same symptoms as he does, […] the same internal struggles, he tells himself: I am not alone, I am not a monster. That can help him.”
9) “I don’t know how to create larger than life characters. That’s why I could not do theater. Because theater, like sculpture, is larger than life while novels and paintings are life-size.”
10) “I put myself in the shoes of a character I am not familiar with and will only become familiar with, bit by bit, in the evolution of my novel. The problem for me is not to know if I am going to be able to write my novel, but to know if I am going to really establish a relationship with my character.”
11) “When I begin a novel, I become the principal character and, from morning to night and from night to morning, my whole life is conditioned by that character: I am truly in the shoes of that character. If during 24 hours I become myself again, the result is I can no longer find the character or, if I do find him, he seems a little fabricated.”
12) “If I discipline myself to write so many novels a year, it’s also because a sort of alarm signal has gone off. When I’m not in good health, I tell my doctor I’m not feeling well, that I have such and such a thing. My doctor responds: ‘When are you going to start writing a novel?’ I tell him: ‘In eight days.’ He continues: ‘So, that’s good.’ It’s almost as though he was writing on a prescription blank: ‘Do a novel as soon as possible.’ It’s my therapy, the one that suits me best.” 
13) “My true ambition is to capture the truth, even camouflaged truths. Otherwise, I don’t exist. I am useless. Given that my novels are not stylish exercises or marvelous psychological constructions, my sole concern resides in approaching the truth.” 
14) “I discovered a physiological reason that would justify drinking alcohol: I suffer a lot from aerophagia, which is accompanied by a little vertigo. One or two glasses of alcohol stops or diminishes the air swallowing.” 
15) “In reality, I don’t tolerate four glasses of wine, it causes a particular kind of false lucidity in me. […] I don’t get a hangover, but I feel very humiliated, very diminished for having told tales in such a self-assured way, and that’s what gives me the courage to regularly put myself on the wagon.” 
16) “What revolted me during my youth was the lying. […] That masquerading outraged me. […] From the time I began to write, I tried to create true characters, that is to say, to lift off that façade I had witnessed throughout my entire childhood.” 
17) “I felt the need to be married to avoid doing too many stupid things. I married to protect myself from myself […] and that first marriage saved me for certain.” 
18) “I’ve had a physical horror of violence all my life. It’s painful for me to watch a boxing match on television even though I did practice the sport a little. I hate cruelty. I am unable to attend a bullfight.” 
(PART 3 presents numbers 19 to 32….) 

David P Simmons 

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