Today’s Question by Aart Hilal

With the exception of a few last sentences in the epilogue your novel 11 minutes is a record of disappointment and despair that no human being escapes. Yet it seems that you only dwell on them in order to show – in passing and almost inadvertently – that disappointment is but a stage of personal development, at the end of which comes a new passion for life. Is this what you are trying to say?

The Greek poet Kavafis, referring to Ulysses, says: “keep Ithaca in mind, but I hope that your journey will last many years, and you will learn everything you need to learn.” Although he was forced to face difficult circumstances, he knew that Penelope was waiting for him at the end of his ordeals. This happens to all of us – we must have confidence that, in the end, we will find what we have been struggling for.