Friday, 8 October 2010
Kadare and Kafka: an Update
Bloomberg's HQ in Finsbury Square is a marvel. Through its stage-lit spaces, where copious security people stand every few yards like flunkeys at a Versailles court ball, and where in the refreshment area everything is free, including great domed piles of bananas, cookies, apples and cherry tomatoes, and large screens everywhere broadcast the latest share prices and financial news (and the breaking news that Mario Vargas Llosa had just been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature) the bemused Kadare, his interpreter and his interviewer moved as if through the film set for a remake of Brave New World. But Bloomberg are generous hosts and it was good to learn that The Accident is being discussed at their next in-house book group.