John Banville on the The Book of Evidence:
“The prevailing presence in this book is Dostoevsky. This book owes a great deal to Dostoevsky’s Notes From the Underground.
I have no idea what attracts me to any kind of character. I write, as I imagine, and I have no, or very little, control over my imagination. So I can’t account for where they come from, any more than we can account for where our dreams come from.”
- speaking at The Franz Kafka Society after having received the 2011 Franz Kafka Prize