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Marylee MacDonald’s Interview With Laura Marello on The Tenants of the Hôtel Biron

Marylee MacDonald, writing for Laurel Zuckerman’s Paris Weblog recently conducted an interview with Guernica author Laura Marello on her book The Tenants of the Hôtel Biron. Marello’s novel tells the story of the artist’s life in Paris between 1908 and 1917 through the voices of Eduard Steichen, Matisse, Rousseau, Picasso, Nijinksy, Camille Claudel, and others. In the interview, Marello explains that she came upon the idea for the book while she was studying in Paris, where she would visit the Rodin museum on Sundays. In the interview, she discusses her approach towards the relationships between many of the artists of the pre-World War I era, such as that between the photographer Eduard Steichen, Rodin, and the sculptor Camille Claudel. Speaking more about the characters in her novel, she also discuses her thoughts on artistic feeling, stating “I think most artists feel things very strongly, and must make decisions about how much to engage those feelings and how much to protect themselves from those feelings.  Exposing yourself to that much feeling involves risk, and most artists are aware that they are taking these risks.” Marello also mentions some of her other upcoming novels, including Maniac Drifter which will be released by Guernica Editions in 2016, and a novel about women lighthouse keepers in central California tentatively titled The Lighthouse Murders.

To read the full article, visit Laurel Zuckerman’s Paris Weblog at:ôtel-biron-on-an-artists-haven-in-paris.html#more

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