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The Paris Review No. 181, Summer 2007

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Norman Mailer on the art of fiction: “To my mind, it's not worth writing a novel unless you're tackling something where your chances of success are open. You can fail.”

Fiction from André Aciman: “American women are like beautiful manor houses with lavish artwork and spacious rooms. But the lights are always out.”

New translations of Baudelaire: “I am like the king of a rainy kingdom . . . Nothing makes me gladder, gentler, more prone to falconry / than my dying people.”

Plus a story by Uzodinma Iweala, a newly discovered poem by William Carlos Williams, photographs by Raymond Depardon, and more.

Table of Contents


André Aciman, Monsieur Kalashnikov

Uzodinma Iweala, Speak No Evil


Norman Mailer, The Art of Fiction No. 193  Full Text


Charles Baudelaire, Five Poems

Vern Rutsala, Four Poems

William Carlos Williams, About a little girl

Monica Youn, Ignatz Aubade  Full Text

Monica Youn, Five Poems


Raymond Depardon, Cities


Norman Mailer, From the Archive