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The Paris Review No. 180, Spring 2007

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Harry Mathews on “the idiotic thing that aspiring young writers are usually told: write about yourself. Don't imitate literary models. Of course, imitating literary models is the best thing one can do.”

Jorge Semprún on the art of fiction: “when I got back from Buchenwald in 1945, I did want to write. I longed for it, to be honest, but strangely enough I found it impossible.”

Ryszard KapuÅ›ciÅ„ski travels through Africa: “In the afternoon the shadows lengthen, start to overlap, then darken and finally turn to black. . . . People come alive then . . . they greet one another, converse, clearly happy that they have somehow managed to endure the quotidian cataclysm.”

Plus a new story by Benjamin Percy, debut fiction by Karl Taro Greenfeld, and the spring poetry folio.

Table of Contents


Karl Taro Greenfeld, Silver

Benjamin Percy, Somebody Is Going to Have to Pay for This


Harry Mathews, The Art of Fiction No. 191  Full Text

Jorge Semprún, The Art of Fiction No. 192  Full Text


Eavan Boland, Instructions

Victoria Chang, How Much

Adam O. Davis, The Following Should Not Be Questioned

Regan Good, Two Poems

Jessica Johnson, Moon Snail

John Matthias, Post-Anecdotal

Jason Myers, Two Poems

Sharon Olds, Calvinist Parents

Jonah Winter, Two Poems


Ryszard Kapuściński, Problem, No Problem


Richard Kalvar, Earthlings

Ryszard Kapuściński, Roadsides


Gustave Flaubert, Two Deaths