1. Can you talk about the inspiration for The Country Where No One Ever Dies? What was on your mind while you were writing this book?Thanks to Matt Bell for the opportunity to interview Ornela about her novel, which I think is brilliant; and thanks to Ornela Vorpsi for taking time out of her busy schedule to participate so generously in the interview.
I cannot say precisely where and how I found my inspiration for this book, if it is indeed inspired, as I abandoned myself to the process of writing, without even thinking about writing a book or having it published, I just subjected myself to what was coming, organically, without seeing too clearly. Of course I wanted to talk about Albania. About some lives. About some people. It mattered deeply to me.
Read "Bel Ami," excerpted in Issue Four of The Collagist.
The Country Where No One Ever Dies is officially available today from Dalkey Archive.