The field of the novel is very rich. If you're a composer, you're well aware of the history of composition, and you are trying to make your music part of that history. You're not ahistorical. In the same way, I think, if you write now, you are writing in the historical context of what the novel has been and what possibilities it has revealed.
Reality is a question of perspective; the further you get from the past, the more concrete and plausible it seems – but as you approach the present, it inevitably seems incredible.
The only way to find out why someone decides to engage in armed combat is to look at their individual personality.
It is very, very easy not to be offended by a book. You just have to shut it.
The Chinese are good at repression and can be pretty ruthless about it.
If I were asked for a one-sentence sound bite on religion, I would say I was against it.