Interview: Pico Iyer

By Alexander Bisley In Books

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17th January, 2013
'I think – maybe Graham Greene thought, too – that many of us are far too ready to impose judgments, ideological filler and prejudices on everything we see, and so deny them their richness and ambiguity, while denying ourselves the chance to really engage with them,” Pico Iyer tells me from Japan. We are discussing his lapidary “counter-biography”, The Man Within My Head: Graham Greene, My Father and Me. “Whenever someone prattles on about how ‘sexist’ or ‘racist’ or ‘imperialist’ or any ‘ist’ Greene is, I wonder if they’re just trying to avoid really ...

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