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Richard Ford travels to Goteborg, Sweden for a review of Canada
Pulitzer Prize winning, bestselling author Richard Ford traveled to Goteborg, Sweden to talk about his most recent international bestseller, Canada, now in trade paperback (HarperCollins; January, 2013) and recently translated into Swedish, at Europe's second largest book fair, the 2013 Goteborg Book Fair, with Swedish book critic and author Ingrid Elam. Beginning with the background of the novel, set in the 1960s in Great Falls, Montana, the protagonist (Dell), the novel's first sentence, and why Dell moved from Montana, U.S.A. to Saskatchewan, Canada, Ford went on to contemplate common themes of his novels and short stories, followed by an analysis of the protagonist and main characters of Canada. Reflecting on Graham Greene's comment that authors need a 'needle of ice' in their hearts, Ford revealed the literary influences on his writing, including Ralph Waldo Emerson, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Joseph Conrad, before turning to a discussion of the strong women characters, their empathy and understanding, in his life and his novels. Recalling his hunting trips with celebrated storyteller Raymond Carver, Ford contrasted the solitude of the Saskatchewan wilderness as a character in Canada with American author Paul Auster's interior American landscapes. Ford and Elam wrapped the interview with a discussion of the 'dactylic rhythm' and musical sound of the word Canada and his use of poetic language in his novels.

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