Naveen Kishore is a lighting designer, photographer and the publisher of Seagull Books.
On your nightstand now:
A combo. IQ84 by Haruki Marukami. Dorothy Sayers's Five Red Herrings and loads of delightful manuscripts, from Marc Auge to Dominique Edde. Oh, and Beckett's Letters, the first two volumes.
Favorite book when you were a child:
Books. Or rather, authors as favorites. Four at any given moment. So: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas; Alice in Wonderland, of course; and loads of Dickens, in particular Hard Times; and Chekhov's Three Sisters.
Your top five authors:
Changes over time. Right now, this moment: Ivan Vladislavic, Inka Parei, Urs Widmer, Hans Magnus Enzensberger and Alexander Kluge. Totally engrossed in the authors I publish. Plus one: Murakami! Oh, and yes, Thomas Bernhard. Always.
Book you've faked reading:
Not applicable I'm afraid. No faking-shaking! I persist with the books I take up. Even the boring ones.
Book you're an evangelist for:
Recently? Viktor Halfwit by Thomas Bernhard. And since two's company; Ivan Vladislavic's The Loss Library. Three? Most of Ursula le Guin. Past?... Most of Conrad.
Book you've bought for the cover:
Too many to list here! All desperately successful though. Never been disappointed. Discover loads of new writers that way. All of Seagull's own.
Book that changed your life:
The Oxford Book of Death by D.J. Enright. Also the most thumbed. Most quoted in print and in one's head. Yup, the OBD.
Favorite line from a book:
"Burn, baby, burn."
Book you most want to read again for the first time:
Sculpting in Time by Tarkovsky. In fact, frequently. That and Brecht's Poems.
What do you love about books in translation?
The "edginess" of literature different from mine. The "getting-under-the-skin" quality. The sense of dislocation and being "torn asunder." And the intuitive recognition of humor across cultures!
What do you think is the future of the printed book?
Healthy. More beautifully crafted than ever before. Shine on, you crazy diamond!