‘When I finished it, I felt immortal’: How Eleanor Catton wrote The Luminaries
To mark the 10th anniversary of her Booker win, Eleanor Catton and her editor Max Porter discuss The Luminaries’ journey towards publication and the prize
In vivid prose filled with texture, colour and sound, Wioletta Greg describes an ordinary adult world encroaching on a child’s extraordinary universe. Translated by Eliza Marciniak.
In a close-knit Polish farming community in the 1980s, Wiola is growing up. She is a good Catholic girl brought up with fables and nurtured on superstition. She knows killing spiders brings on storms, and that she must never enter the seamstresses’ ‘secret’ room. Her father was a deserter but now he is a taxidermist. Wiola collects matchbox labels - and dances to the strange music of her own imagination.