A few soundbites from the masterful author’s recent interview with The A/V Club, in support of his new The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet. We strongly recommend his work, esp Cloud Atlas and Black Swan Green, to all “students of the human condition”:

AVC: You do seem to continue looking at exploitation, inequality, and people kept in place by their lack of economic and social power. Is it safe to say that’s an ongoing theme in your work?

DM: It’s a fair notation.

AVC: It certainly isn’t a theme that’s going to lose relevance anytime soon.

DM: [Laughs.] That’s true. I’m trying…

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