My writing is a combination of three elements. The first is travel: not travel like a tourist, but travel as exploration. The second is reading literature on the subject. The third is reflection.
This is the most intimate relationship between literature and its readers: they treat the text as a part of themselves, as a possession.
Literature seemed to be everything then. People looked to it for the strength to live, for guidance, for revelation.
The tradition of Russian literature is also an eastern tradition of learning poetry and prose by heart.
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