Monday, March 10, 2014

From Africa to America: Dinaw Mengestu

Elizabeth Floyd Mair profiles Dinaw Mengestu (who visits us on Thursday) in the Times Union.

Q: How did the idea for this book come to you? Did you need to do any mapping out in advance of what would happen?

A: I began this novel while finishing my second book. It started off with a simple image/idea — a group of young friends on a college campus somewhere in Africa just after independence. I thought the story would remain there, and since I had no plan, or map for it, I had to work out the rest of the narrative slowly over the several years.

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