Michael Mewshaw has published eleven critically acclaimed novels, including Year of the Gun, which became a John Frankenheimer film starring Sharon Stone, and eight successful books of nonfiction.
This biography was last updated on 12/11/2010.
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An Interview with Michael Mewshaw
Why did you choose Central Asia as the setting for Shelter from
I traveled to Central Asia and finished Shelter from the Storm long before the events of September 11 and the attention that they focused on that part of the world. The area interested me as a setting for a variety of reasons. It's a dramatic landscape of mountains, desert, and rolling steppes. Its architecture, especially what remains of its sixteenth century splendor, is some of the most impressive I've ever seen. But it was the human situation that fascinated me most, the collision of cultures, religions, nations, and tribes. What would it be like, I wondered, to live where every belief system had failed, where the local currency was worthless, the police and army offered no protection, and there was no chance of escape? In short, what was it like to be human in inhuman circumstances?
What interests you about the figure of the wolf-boy? Why did you decide to make him a central character in the story?
More than twenty years ago I reviewed a book about the wolf children of Midnapore, India. The subject interested me. No, I should say it obsessed me, and I started reading the scientific ...
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