The most famous one was years ago they sent me a book of short stories by Nadine Gordimer, and I wrote a very scathing review. And four or five years later there was this literary festival or something, I was coming to the reception for the opening, and I was passing through this empty room, and there was Nadine Gordimer standing alone, so I introduced myself and I said, ‚Ms Gordimer, I’m John Banville‘ and she turned her face away, wouldn’t speak to me. It’s fucking childish, y’know? She has the bloody Nobel Prize, she has people fawning at her feet, and here’s some obscure little Irish writer who wrote a bad review of her book and she won’t speak to me. Such childishness. Such childishness. And they never forget. They never forget a bad review.
John Banville in dem schon einmal zitierten Interview über die Folgen einer negativen Rezension eines Buches von Nadine Gordimer