Joseph Kanon

Joseph Kanon is the Edgar Award–winning author of DefectorsLeaving Berlin, Istanbul PassageLos AlamosThe Prodigal SpyAlibiStardust, and The Good German, which was made into a major motion picture starring George Clooney and Cate Blanchett. He lives in New York City.

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Defectors
Leaving Berlin
Istanbul Passage
Stardust
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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. From 'The Rules of the Game': what you must understand is that everyone has his reasons.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Eating dinner outdoors in a piazza in Rome with my wife. (What makes this idea of perfection particularly appealing is that you can actually do it.)

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Intelligence, humor, kindness.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Reading.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Patrick Leigh Fermor-- not fictional, but certainly the hero of his wonderful memoirs.

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