Brazilian writer, critic and translator Julián Fuks and renowned, Mozambique-born novelist Mia Couto are united by their love of fiction and of the Portuguese language. Fuks anticipates that his time with Couto will be a “transformative experience”.
Michael Ondaatje says that having a mentor to warn about the dangers of easy victories is essential for a young writer. His Bulgarian protégé Miroslav Penkov deeply valued Ondaatje’s advice as he worked on his first novel.
A shared interest in history, technology and religion created an immediate rapport between Margaret Atwood and Naomi Alderman. Their exploration of the digital world resulted in a web-based novel, co-written between lively encounters in New York, London and Toronto.
The mentor, a master of German letters, moves easily across forms and genres in a way that inspired his protégée, a young poet, as she explored a new literary medium, the memoir.
Worlds apart in terms of geography, culture and experience, the paths of the mentor and protégée converged naturally, as a vital experience of life and literature brought them together in a close, spontaneous partnership.
Each living far from his birthplace, the mentor and protégé meet in their literary explorations of exclusion and exile.
Antonio García Ángel thought Mario Vargas Llosa was going to help him write a new novel. In fact, Llosa showed him a whole new way of working.
On the basis of work-in-progress Leigh sent, Morrison knew that Leigh was the one. “Her plans and ideas were so compelling to me,” she says.
February 2017 Julián Fuks hopes that his mentor, Mia Couto, can influence him to move away from an autobiographical style – to give fiction a bigger part in his work.
February 2017 Naomi Alderman’s latest novel The Power created a bidding war for TV rights.
December 2016 An extract from Julián Fuks's award-winning novel.