Marginalia: Idra Novey

May 13, 2016

Idra Novey is a poet. She also translates works from Spanish and Portuguese, and now, with a new novel, she’s writing fiction.

Ways to Disappear is a novel about a celebrated Brazilian writer who climbs up an almond tree holding a suitcase and a cigar to escape a growing gambling debt. This climb occurs in the opening pages of the book, and what follows is the search for the author conducted by her translator and her grown children.

I recently spoke with Novey about the book, her various genres, poetry…and climbing trees. Here’s our conversation.


Ways to Disappear by Idra Novey was published by Little, Brown and Company.

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