Herman Koch on his new novel, Dear Mr. M

dear-mr-m-herman-kochA few years ago, I interviewed Sam Garrett for the Los Angeles Review of Books.Garrett is an American translator who lives in Amsterdam who had recently translated Herman Koch's bestselling novel, The Dinner. I'll never forget how Garrett described translating as, "informed and respectful straying."Dear Mr. M is Herman Koch's new novel, also translated by Sam Garrett.This time around, I interviewed Koch:“Dear Mr M,” your eight novel, is out now. Is it still a thrill?Yes, it is. But not the same thrill as thirty years ago. As with the first kiss, the first love, the first time, something wears off.Read the interview on Salon