‘[My first novel] Les Jeux de l’amour et de la mort [Games of Love and Death] was a very bad book. My ambition was to find some music in the language, but I made the mistake of thinking the plot had no importance. Now I hope I also put in a good story, but I still believe even the best story is nothing without having music in the writing . . .
I want to tell a story that identifies and deals with the dangers we face. It’s no longer wild animals, but the fears are just as real, so I make a journey with the reader, confront the horror of humanity, and deliver them safely home. Instinctively we feel better and can sleep soundly. Then, in the morning when the sun comes up, we can again face the world and move forward.’