Aharon Appelfeld passed away just over a year ago. He was one of Israel’s most well known authors abroad, and one of the generation that came of age around the same time as the founding of the State of Israel.
Appelfeld would say that in order to be a serious writer you need to have a routine. For years his routine had been to write with a Biro pen on sheets of ordinary white paper in the café at Ticho House, in Jerusalem. It was there that Alain Elkann interviewed him for The Paris Review in 2014.
Aharon Appelfeld. “The Art of Fiction” Interviewed by Alain Elkann. The Paris Review ISSUE 210, FALL 2014