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with author, editor and publisher Ivor W. Hartmann
March 15, 2011
full interview with Ivor Hartmann
yourself in five words?
Never that good at describing myself, I'll leave that for
others to do.
the best piece of advice you've ever received?
Realising your dreams requires hard work and persistence above all
the most ridiculous thing you've ever done?
Jumping into a water-filled quarry without knowing where the rocks
were — I went back many years later when it was empty and
was fairly horrified to see how close myself, and those who used
to jump with me, were to cracking our brains open with every jump.
is your most treasured possession?
My collection of books.
do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
The general state of the world, and in particular Zimbabwe.
Do you have any strange hobbies?
do you dislike most about your appearance?
is your greatest extravagance?
Well-aged single malt whisky
have you got in your fridge?
Never enough, I hear distant echoes every time I open it.
is your greatest fear?
That my persistence doesn't eventually pay off.
have you got in your pockets right now?
Nothing, never carry anything in my pockets.
is your favourite journey?
Going home to Zimbabwe.
are your heroes in real life?
So many, mostly literary, here's a few off the top of my head:
Dambudzo Marechera, Yvonne Vera, Stanley Mupfudza, Chenjerai Hove,
Chinua Achebe, Ben Okri, the list goes on . . . .
and where were you happiest?
That depends, I was probably most happy when I was around five but
that was a happiness born of innocence. Without innocence, I think
that day has yet to come.
your biggest vice?
were you like at school?
Much like I am now, fairly reclusive and mostly living in the worlds
of my imagination - it's a good thing I get paid to do that
are you doing next?
I have so many things planned, if even one quarter of them work
out I'll be happy.
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