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Alex Kuo reading at bookshop
Fall 2022

Q&A with Alex Kuo

Where did the idea for Cadenzas come from? What inspired you to write it? And how long did it take?

Four years ago at the age of 79 and aware of how much background work my previous novels have demanded, I was pretty sure that this one, Cadenzas, would be my last novel. Add to that my recollection of what the Palestinian writer Edward Said thought, that the last novel an author writes is usually the one that they’ve always wanted to write, I thought this was it, this was most likely going to be my last one.

I spent several months … » More …