NORMAN MANEA received the Nelly Sachs Prize and a MacArthur Grant and has twice been shortlisted for the Nobel Prize. His conversation with Saul Bellow, Settling My Accounts Before I Go Away, was published by Sheep Meadow. He teaches at Bard College.

“Without any doubt, of all contemporary writers Norman Manea is the one who most deserves being known around the world.”—Heinrich Böll

“I still believe that one of the principle reasons for writing is a profound discontentment with what daily chaos has to offer us. We need something else that transcends this chaos…You feel the need to add something to the daily waste of time—because the whole thing goes by too fast. The search for lost time is the search for meaning.”—Norman Manea