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    I'm a doctor's daughter. I'm not squeamish at all.
    tags: daughter doctor
    — Aminatta Forna
    A hospital is a good place to set various dilemmas.
    — Aminatta Forna
    Everyone thinks I have a coffee plantation in Sierra Leone, but I have a cashew crop project. I wrote about a woman who owns a coffee plantation! When you are talking about a woman writer coming from a hot country, there's a complete assumption that she is writing about her own life.
    tags: women writing
    — Aminatta Forna
    No one ever sits you down at age eight and says, 'Aminatta, this is what's happened so far.' You have to work it out for yourself, and by the time you do, it's ancient history to many of the players. We're trying to make sense of the past, so we start to excavate our memories.
    tags: time work past memory age
    — Aminatta Forna
    My childhood ended in this horrible way. I lived in a country where I didn't trust anybody.
    tags: trust childhood
    — Aminatta Forna
    I was always at heart a novelist and wanted to tell a bigger story, so I wanted to create people who told other kinds of truths than literal truths.
    tags: truth people heart stories
    — Aminatta Forna
    I temporarily became a surgeon for 'Memory of Love'. I spent two weeks in an operating theatre, watching amputations, and I loved it.
    tags: memory
    — Aminatta Forna
    I'm at my desk for about 9:30 A.M., and I stay there all day. Then there's a lot of checking Facebook and eBay and that sort of thing.
    — Aminatta Forna
    My family's a ruling family.
    — Aminatta Forna
    I get a very vague idea and - perhaps because I once was a journalist, or perhaps because that's what made me want to be a journalist - I go off and explore it for a bit, rather than mapping out a plot and then filling in the research.
    tags: ideas research vague
    — Aminatta Forna
    Increasingly, there are those of us who write from outside the center, and those are the writers that I'm most interested in because they bring me into worlds that I did not previously know. And that, as a writer, is what I try to create.
    tags: world write
    — Aminatta Forna
    I don't have very many little fetishes, but the one I do have is that I like a particular mug to drink out of. It's just a small china cup, and I get very upset if my husband moves it.
    — Aminatta Forna
    Most writers I know go for word counts, and I used to be a journalist, so I guess that's ingrained.
    — Aminatta Forna
    The Watch is a powerful tale, courageous both in concept and creation: an ancient tale made modern, passed through different narrators in extraordinary shape-shifting prose that makes this not just an important novel, but a remarkable read.
    tags: powerful novel read
    — Aminatta Forna
    I was brought up in a household where you stood up to be counted.
    — Aminatta Forna
    What ultimately happened is that my country had a war. I think it would be extraordinary, as a writer, not to want to write about that.
    tags: war write
    — Aminatta Forna
    Jung Chang was the first person to tell a grand historical, political story through a personal narrative.
    tags: people personal political stories historical
    — Aminatta Forna
    War had the effect of encouraging people to try to stay alive. Poverty, too. Survival was simply too hard-won to be given up lightly.
    tags: people poverty survival war
    — Aminatta Forna
    All liars ... lie to protect themselves, to shield their egos from the raw pain of truth.
    tags: truth pain lies liar
    — Aminatta Forna
    If you want to know a country, read its writers.
    tags: read
    — Aminatta Forna
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    aminatta forna
    Birth    : 1964
    Occupation  : Writer