|About The Author|
Mark Z. Danielewski is 33 and lives in Hollywood. It has taken him ten years to write House Of Leaves, his debut novel. The following is an extract from an interview in Publishers Weekly.
Mark Danielewski can't pinpoint the exact origins of his novel, an intricate, experimental horror story about a house that is larger on the inside than on the outside, but he says that its structure - a Nabokovian mix of narrated story, found manuscript and footnotes - somehow allowed him to incorporate years' worth of earlier writing into one complex, intertwining, terrifying stew: ‘it war able to hold not just various story lines but also thoughts of mortality, ruminations on the chasm between youth and old age, riffs on the past, present and future.’ ….. Danielewski got his first taste of fiction writing at 1O. ‘I wrote a book about a New York kid who becomes a cocaine addict, beats up a cop and goes to prison,’ he says. ‘My parents were shocked. My father thought it was immoral. And a teacher of mine in Utah called it a dirty book - it had the word ‘fuck’ in it. After that, it took me a long while before I would show my work around.’ ….. At Yale, he studied English Literature and got rejected from every writing seminar he applied for. He went on to UC Berkeley, where he did an intensive Latin programme…… Shortly afterwards, Danielewski headed off to Paris for a year, living on almost no money and writing constantly. Film school in LA followed. Then his father, an experimental filmmaker who had led the family to exotic locates around the globe, died. ‘That shook the foundations of a lot of things, ‘ he says. ‘I worked at a restaurant, tutoring kids, as a plumber - all the while writing. That's always been my source.’……
Once the book was finished, he quickly found a publisher in the States, Pantheon and was published in March 2000. It is attracting stunning reviews.