dimanche 11 juillet 2010

John Irving, THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP, Ballantine Books, New York, 1998 [1978]

His "breakthrough," as he would call it when he wrote Helen, occured one cold and snowy day in the Museum of the History of the City of Vienna. It was a museum within easy walking distance of the Schwindgasse; somehow he had skipped seeing it, knowing he could walk there any day. Jenny told him about it. It was one of the two or three places she had visited herself, only because it was right across the Karlsplatz and well within what she called her neighborhood.
She mentionned there was a writer's room in the museum; she forgot whose. She'd thought having a writer's room in a museum was an interesting idea.
"A writer's room, Mom?" Garp asked.
"Yes, it's a whole room," Jenny said. "They took all the writer's furniture, and maybe the walls and floor, too. I don't know how they did it."
"I don't know why they did it," Garp said. "The whole room is in the museum?"
"Yes, I think it was a bedroom," Jenny said, "but it was also where the writer actually wrote."
Garp rolled his eyes. It sounded obcene to him. Would the writer's toothbrush be there? And the chamber pot?
(p. 124-125)

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