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Writers Abroad

By  February 3, 2011

There must be some connection between writers and living abroad, because an awful lot of creative writers seem to move around. 

Maybe it has something to do with leaving one's home behind and seeing the way the rest of the world lives; those experiences, no doubt, inform one's writing.

Brit expat and author of The Alexandria Quartet, Lawrence Durrell, who left Britain for France, once said "Everyone loathes his own country and countrymen if he is any sort of artist." Well, I don't know about that - Stephen King certainly loves his Maine roots enough to feature the area in several novels - but travelling, at least, seems to do wonders for the creative soul.

Case in point: Check out this list of expatriate authors put together by The Telegraph. Just the sheer number of notable authors who have moved abroad is remarkable. (Keeping in mind, that, yes, one of those was a forced move due to exile.) 

And, is it just me, or do a lot of writers move to France? 


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Zalina Alvi

Zalina grew up in Toronto and began her career in journalism at the York University campus newspaper. Before joining Verge in 2010, she worked for a documentary festival, a non-profit organization and various magazines and newspapers. Zalina has had some eclectic travel experiences, including reporting for a newspaper on the island of Molokai in Hawaii.

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