A.M. Bakalar – Writing in a Second Language
‘I was obsessed, while writing Madame Mephisto, trying to understand the predicament of living in two countries, physically and mentally, and at the same time releasing my protagonist Magda, and myself as a writer, from any obligation towards my home country (…) The creative process for me comes with such intensity that the only responsibility I feel is to my readers and myself as an author, to write honestly and truthfully. Writing in a second language gives me a sense of freedom, of writing against expectation. It gives me the opportunity to reinvent myself and to address important issues, taboos. If I chose to write about them in my mother tongue I would be at war with myself and with others.’
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