Rohinton Mistry's memoir in music and words


On Sunday December 29, Writers & Company is airing an encore edition of a rare interview with Canadian novelist Rohinton Mistry. Host Eleanor Wachtel spoke with him onstage at a PEN Canada benefit performance at the International Festival of Authors in 2012. (And he sings!)

This interview won't be available as streaming audio or as a podcast, so make sure you tune in to the radio broadcast. Broadcast details are here.

Mistry won the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 1995, for his novel A Fine Balance. The book also came out on top in our Giller of all Gillers poll, in which people voted for their favourite winner from the prestigious fiction prize's 20-year history. Below are some of our favourite quotes from the book.

"Anything which seemed like a clutching at bygone days made her wary. The road towards self-reliance could not lie through the past."

"Loss is essential. Loss is part and parcel of that necessary calamity called life."

"Sometimes you have to use your failures as stepping-stones to success. You have to maintain a fine balance between hope and despair."

"In foreign countries they fear baldness. They are so rich in foreign countries, they can afford to fear all kinds of silly things."

"Memories were permanent. Sorrowful ones remained sad even with the passing of time, yet happy ones could never be recreated -- not with the same joy. Remembering bred its own peculiar sorrow. It seemed so unfair: that time should render both sadness and happiness into a source of pain."