KGB Lit Magazine just published a lovely interview with David Unger. Read an excerpt below.
Dualities are constant throughout your life and work: Spanish and English; Guatemala and America; author and translator; the creative side of writing and the business side of writing. What is gained and lost in crossing these borders?
I was born in Guatemala and raised in this country from the age of four and a half, and yet I feel profoundly Guatemalan. In 2009, I published a collection of stories Ni chicha, ni limonada (Guatemala, F y G Editores) that depicts characters who struggle with colliding identities. The original title of this unpublished English collection is actually Neither Caterpillar Nor Butterfly, from Moby Dick, where Melville refers to Queequeq as being “a creature in the transition stage—neither caterpillar nor butterfly. “ I struggled with my dual identities and all the schizoid dichotomies of my life.
To read the entire interview, click here.