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I don’t just want my books to be about the ’30s and ’40s. I want them to read as if they had been written then.…
You write a lot of books; you hope you get better.
The best Paris I know now is in my head.
Whether you like it or not, Paris is the beating heart of Western civilisation. It’s where it all began and ended.
Once you have your characters, they tell you what to write, you don’t tell them.
My novels are about the European reality, not about chases. You want chases, get somebody else’s books.
If you’re a writer, you’re always working.
I’m not really a mass market writer.
I write what I call ‘novels of consolation’ for people who are bright and sophisticated.
I’m basically an Upper West Side Jewish writer.
I read very little contemporary anything.
I invented the historical spy novel.
I grew up reading genre writers, and to the degree that Eric Ambler and Graham Greene are genre writers, I’m a genre writer.
I don’t inflict horrors on readers.
I have a very serious censorship office inside my head; it censors things that I could tell you that you would never forget, and I…
You can’t make accommodations in crucial situations and be heroic.
I expect that my readers have been to Europe, I expect them to have some feeling for a foreign language, I expect them to have…
If you can live in Paris, maybe you should.
I don’t really write plots. I use history as the engine that drives everything.
Good people don’t spend their time being good. Good people want to spend their time mowing the lawn and playing with the dog. But bad…
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