Some Things Take Time
by Mark Chmiel
I read the following in 2005; Dear Layla Welcome to Palestine came out in 2015:
Ironic essay, novelistic narrative, autobiographical fragment, historical fact. Flight of fantasy—the synthetic power of the novel is capable of combining everything into a unified whole like the voices of polyphonic music. The unity of a book need not stem from the plot but can be provided by the theme….My book is polyphony is which various stories mutually explain, illumine, complement one another.
–Milan Kundera, in an interview with Philip Roth in Shoptalk