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“THE HAIR OF HAROLD ROUX his notebook says to him. But that is only a title. The rest of his creation fades back across a long plain into mist and darkness. He has always thought of a novel, before it has taken on its first, tentative structure, as a scene on this dark plain, the characters standing around a small fire which warmly etches the edges of their faces. Distant mountains are turning moon-cold and blue as the last light fades as if forever. It is that small fire he must constantly re-create or these last warm lives will cease to live, will never have lived even to fear the immensities of coldness and indifference around them.”

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source: The Hair of Harold Roux: A Novel (New York: Bloomsbury, 2011), 10–11.

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“Five moves, they say, equal a fire. But those who haven’t moved may begin to need a fire.”

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source: Composing a Further life (New York: Knopf, 2010), 38.

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