Yente by Olga Tokarczuk, The New Yorker
… Where do literary characters come from?
… The story is adapted from your novel “The Books of Jacob”
… Yente as a “fourth-person narrator”
… You might conclude from this conversation that “The Books of Jacob” is not a realist novel—that it’s a magical-realist novel, for instance. But that couldn’t be less true. Yente is the only magical, fairy-tale character in the book, since it is ultimately a historical novel that is based on true events.
… Historical novels always use the perspectives of the contemporary readers they’re written for, in any case.
… Olga Tokarczuk’s responses were translated, from the Polish, by Jennifer Croft. /21-09-20