Hitler's Niece: A Novel

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JO:Can you tell us something about your writing habits? Describe your writing workplace. Do you have one place where you go to write or do you have several? Where do you do most of your writing? Describe your desk, your walls, what surrounds you—what you like to have surrounding you—when you write.

A Novel Vocation: A Conversation with Ron Hansen A Novel Vocation: A Conversation with Ron Hansen

JO:Besides writing fiction, you’ve also lent your considerable talents to screenwriting—in particular to writing a screenplay for Mariette in Ecstasy. How did you find the experience? How is it different from writing fiction? Has Hollywood called since then? Are there other screenwriting projects that you have in the works? German countryside, she looks to him, hoping he'll tell her he loves her. Instead he tries out a line of newly penned verse: "And high above the world," he says, "on the cold fastness of the Kehlstein, Hitler’s Niece,a novel by Ron Hansen, suggests an answer. Hansen is the author of several other books including Desperadoes,a lucidly deadpan replay of the Wild West, Mariette in Ecstasy,a lyrical portrait of an American saint, and Atticus,a National Book Award nominee. He is an excellent writer, capable of drawing attention to his style when he wishes and letting his narrative speak for itself when need be. He is in command of words and scenes. He has a moral intelligence and a literary curiosity. He cares about letters and he cares about life. Nonetheless, Hitler’s Nieceis a staggeringly misconceived and genuinely atrocious book.JO:Your most recent book, She Loves Me Notis a collection of short stories—a return to the form that began your writing career. Why did you decide to return to this form? Can you speak a little about the collection and why you see this time as propitious for a collection of short stories? Hansen's Hitler is a mama's boy who likes to be coddled by women. He likes peanut butter sandwiches, has bad manners and worst taste (his country house features such wall decorations as a picture of "three jolly Ron Hansen:Both Johns provided models of how one sanely lives a writer’s life. Both were very opinionated but tolerant of and even interested in differing points of view. Both wrote literary fiction that was also commercially viable. Something I’ve endeavored to do without comparable success. John Irving began as my teacher but became very much like an older brother to me. And perhaps above all, both so extravagantly praised my writing that I was encouraged to persevere.

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Wasn't there also a book out called Hitler & Geli ? Maybe it's just me, but i thought i saw a book with that title in the library once. Cheers. JO:Your wife Bo Caldwell is also a writer, of course. What particular challenges are there to being married to another writer? What are the benefits? Do you find you mutually inform one another in your work on any level?In a recent interview with Mr. Hansen, Dappled Thingshad a chance to speak with the novelist about his work, its connection to his faith and to his vocation as husband and man of the cloth (he was ordained to the permanent diaconate in 2007), and his thoughts on the art of fiction in general.

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JO:Do you have a regular writing schedule? What are some good practical ways to encourage such a schedule for young writers? Ernest Hemingway had two famous bits of advice for budding writers—“Write about what you know and keep it simple.” Is there any sort of advice that you give young writers regarding what makes a successful writer?RH:Writing historical fiction has been mostly accidental. In most cases I have come across a true story and been so captivated by it I felt compelled to write it down. I don’t have any rational explanation for the compulsion: I’m fascinated by some stories because they fascinate me. I have always liked history and biography, and I have a good memory and capacity for research, so I was something of a natural for the field of historical fiction, but I only think of myself as a novelist without a qualifying adjective. I’m sorry if I inadvertently implied that the two quotations Mr. Hansen notes occurred in proximity. The word "here" referred to the book, not the scene. Both, however, are examples of the prevailing tone in Hitler’s Niece, a novel he claims he wrote for purposes of "education." But if discretion is also a function of education, we may learn the wisdom of a phrase that’s recently entered the contemporary vernacular: "Don’t Go There."

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