Open Page with Anna Funder

Why do you write?

I write to understand the world, and also to find out what I think. When I look at something very closely (whatever it is: fruit bats or space travel or a particular situation), it seems to expand; to contain allusive meanings I wouldn’t see if I weren’t writing about it. My books are also about honouring otherwise forgotten people whom I find extraordinary.

Are you a vivid dreamer?

Not particularly, sadly. Mostly very obvious dreams. Freud would be bored. When I am writing, which is most of the time, I spend a lot of time muddling around in my mind. Maybe there’s not much of interest left over when I’m asleep.

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Published in October 2011, no. 335

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