6 Writers Interview: On the Moon

“Without the Moon, we would be lost.” The Moon is extremely significant, albeit in different ways, to the six acclaimed writers in this video. Watch Daniel Kehlmann, Guadalupe Nettel, Georgi Gospodinov, Yoko Tawada, CAConrad and Delphine de Vigan on “the ghost of the sun, wandering the sky at night.”

American poet CAConrad (b.1966) argues that the Moon holds great power over us because we consist of such a large part of water, and that “we feel the ebb and flow within ourselves,” just as Mexican writer Guadalupe Nettel (b.1973) uses the Moon as the ultimate reference point for her characters: “When they look at the Moon, they remember that at least in the sky there is something that sustains them.” German writer Daniel Kehlmann (b.1975) finds the Moon fascinating but also slightly strange, “like a fake sun,” while Yoko Tawada (b.1960) considers it to be a hole in the sky: “It is not shining, it is like a hole in the civilisation.” French writer Delphine de Vigan (b.1966) remembers seeing a face in the Moon since she was a child, and Bulgarian writer Georgi Gospodinov (b.1968) shares a 30-year-long fear of losing the Moon: “That’s what it’s like with the important things in life – they look close to us, they influence us, but the most important things are never reachable.”

All interviews by Kasper Bech Dyg, Marc-Christoph Wagner, Kim Skotte and Tore Leifer. Recorded at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark in connection with the Louisiana Literature festival in August 2018. The film shown in the video is ‘Moonlight (Clair de Lune)’ by NASA.

Cover photo: Still from the film ‘Moonlight (Clair de Lune)’ by NASA. Courtesy of NASA
Produced and edited by: Kasper Bech Dyg
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2018

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