The Heroine’s Journey of Lisa Ginzburg

What is the best thing that I love about my work? To’ live life finding stories to write. That means to me to be alive: living and at the same time finding words so to recreate life through my imagination.
What is my idea of perfect happiness? A feeling of fullness. With myself, with the others, with nature and culture: intensity, integrity, fullness.
What is my greatest fear? To not be able to express myself. Frustration, manipulation, all the effects of wrong choices.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? I have been lazy sometimes. I try to not be, but I have a tendency to miss important things because of laziness.
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? Some brave reporters, and all the writers working completely, sincerely, without secondary intention
What is my greatest extravagance? Panic in front of an algebra equation.
On what occasion would I lie? When someone wants to know too much about me.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? When a book of mine is printed and I wait for press reactions. Waiting for the critics.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? When I wrote a short story imagining something that later really happened. To have been prophetical gave me the feeling (and the courage) to be a writer.
If I could, what would I change about myself? I would like to be more indulgent. And more resistant to the influences and energetical vibrations of the others.
What is my greatest achievement in work? When a novel, a story that I’m inventing became something external, an autonomous organism, with its own life.
Where would I most like to live? There are many places that I love (Lisbona, Barcellona, many Greek islands, Sidney) but I don’t know if I would like to live there day by day.
What is my most treasured possession? Sufficiently harmonious cohabitation with my own nature. And my daughter, though as Khalil Gibran said, our childrens are not our possessions…
What is my most marked characteristic? Empathy, impatience.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? The café on the top of Belleville.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? Cafe Beaubourg; café Zimmer at Châtelet; various Sushi restaurants in rue Sainte Anne; café Rotonde Bassin de la Villette.
What books influenced my life and how? Virginia Woolf, « Moments of Being », because I discovered (I was thirteen) how powerful intimacy can be on the written page. Léon Tolstoi « War and Peace », because thanks to it I apprehended to know many human feelings, their depth as well as their complexity.
Ghiannis Ritsos’ poems, because they teached to me the value of freedom.
Who are my favorite writers? So many ! Fedor Dostoevski, Elsa Morante, Zadie Smith, David Grossman, Katherine Mansfield…. and many others
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Chopin, 24 Preludes op. 28, played by Andras Schiff
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Jo of Mary Louise Alcott’s “Little Women”
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? Nelson Mandela. My mother.
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?
François Truffaut, “La femme d’à côté”
What role plays art in my life and work? I couldn’t imagine my life without art, simply.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? Me.
Whom would I like to work with in 2018? Eckhart Tolle
Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018? Jumpa Lahiri, Jonathan Safran Foer, Annie Ernaux
What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? A novel.
Where can you see me or my work in 2018?
http://www.fuis.it/livres-paris-2018-intervista-con-lisa-ginzburg/video1-8-464-265773352

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? Life’s love never ends, it grows up with the time. Passion is passion for life: because you know things better, because you have more experience, you learn to live better and more deeply.
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?
Carlotta Sami (UNHCR) , Igiaba Scego (writer), Maria Bethania (singer)
How can you contact me? deva.ginzburg@gmail.com

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