Emmanuel Carrère’s Dark Places, by Felipe Restrepo Pombo

Essay Photo by Rodion Kutsaev / Unsplash When I met Emmanuel Carrère in 2014, I had one question for him. I was sent by the magazine I worked for at the time to interview him at a literary festival in which he was participating. Carrère had just published his new book, Limonov, and was already one of the most respected authors in Europe. But, at that time, I had read only one of his books. I had the impression then —and I still do, after so much time—that The Adversary, his acclaimed short novel from 2000, was withholding a secret. And only its author knew the truth. That was my question for him: I wanted to know who the adversary really is. Carrère was in a hurry. His son had just been in an accident, and he needed to leave for Paris to see him immediately at the hospital. His flight was later that morning, so he only had time for a short interview, over breakfast. We had a twenty-minute conversation about journalism, the media, and his work as a writer and film director. “I don't know why I choose the characters I choose to write about,” he told me while drinking a cup of dark coffee. “But when you decide to dedicate long hours of hard work to explore, to analyze the mind of a killer, you begin to visit dark places. And you also start to see parts of your own personality that can be quite disturbing.” Nevertheless, I didn’t have the time to ask my question. I thought it would be best to leave it for the next time we met.... Continue reading at 'World Literature Today'

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