Markus Zusak

  • Jan. 24th, 2011 at 11:31 PM
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"...Maybe everyone can live beyond what they're capable of..." (I Am the Messenger)

Markus Zusak

  • Nov. 22nd, 2010 at 1:05 PM
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"Of course you're real - like any thought or any story. It's real when you're in it." (I Am the Messenger)

Markus Zusak

  • Oct. 15th, 2010 at 3:48 PM
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...There are really a hundred-odd categories of books plus one, and on the top shelf at home, I've got the books I love, my favorite books, and that's the type of book that I want to write.

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I've published five books now, and I love them all, hate them all, and am both proud and embarrassed of each of them. Only one of them, however, means everything to me. Only one of them is the book, however flawed, that I worry I can't better in my next attempt - and that's The Book Thief.

There are many reasons why this book means everything to me, but the main one is my parents. Growing up in Sydney, I had a slightly different childhood from most kids in my neighborhood, especially when it came to stories that were told at home. My mother is from Munich and my father from Vienna-and although they're Australian now, they brought a whole different world of stories with them. It was those stories that kept us glued to our kitchen chairs as we grew up. It was those stories that inspired The Book Thief.

My brother, my two sisters, and I were always entranced as we saw cities of fire, people crouching in bomb shelters, and several close brushes with death. We heard about German teenagers giving bread to Jewish people being marched to concentration camps. We heard how the Jewish people were whipped for taking the bread. And we heard how the teenagers were whipped for giving them the bread... I remember being stunned by the ugly world I was told about, but more so by the moments of beauty that existed there as well. I wanted to write about those moments, and it's here that I need to acknowledge that I'm extremely fortunate to have parents who not only have great stories, but also have the ability to tell them in a beautiful, meaningful, and compelling way. They are the beginning of The Book Thief. Writing the book resulted in me telling my parents that I loved them, and for that, I'm more grateful than anything else.

Markus Zusak

  • May. 24th, 2010 at 1:50 PM
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"I want words at my funeral. But I guess that means you need life in your life." (The Book Thief)

Markus Zusak

  • May. 24th, 2010 at 1:48 PM
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"...there would be punishment and pain, and there would be happiness, too. That was writing."

Markus Zusak

  • May. 24th, 2010 at 1:46 PM
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"Sometimes you read a book so special that you want to carry it around with you for months after you've finished just to stay near it."

Markus Zusak

  • May. 23rd, 2010 at 11:24 PM
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"I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right."


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