Yiyun Li on Reporting Fiction

October 25, 2019 | 1 book mentioned

Yiyun Li spoke to Rosemarie Ho at the Nation about her most recent book, Where Reasons End, a novel that many critics are labeling autofiction. When describing the process of writing the book, Li sees herself as more of an impartial reporter than a novelist. “You can never get as precise as you want in writing,” Li says. “It’s always just getting as close as you can. For me, precision in writing is one of the most important things. But again, I always have to acknowledge at some point that I can never get as close as I want, that I can only get a proximity to precision.”

is a writer and illustrator. She is the author of two illustrated books, Last Night's Reading (Penguin Books, 2015) and Sanpaku (Archaia 2018).

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