"The Marbled Swarm" by Dennis Cooper

Harper Collins, Yuri Smirnov
The Marbled Swarm, Dennis Cooper
Harper Collins, Yuri Smirnov
Jeff Glor talks to Dennis Cooper about his new novel, "The Marbled Swarm."

Jeff Glor: What inspired you to write the book?

Dennis Cooper: I was living in Paris without being able to speak French well at all. At one point, I realized how interesting it was to only understand everyone around me to a small degree, and to have to guess at what they were saying based on the little bit of French that I understood, and I was inspired to write a novel set in Paris using a prose style that would, in some way, simulate that experience for the reader.


JG: What surprised you the most during the writing process?

DC: Just how very hard it was to write a novel based on that idea, and how many tricks I had to employ and play to try to keep readers' intrigued and reading.


JG: What would you be doing if you weren't a writer?

DC: When I was kid, my parents thought I was too aimless, and they made me take a test at a local university that was intended to determine what profession I would best at given my skills and interests, and the test results said that I should be a social worker.


JG: What else are you reading right now?

DC: I'm reading three books: Kate Zambreno's "Green Girl", a galley of Shane Jones' forthcoming novel "Daniel Fights a Hurricane", and Wayne Koestenbaum's "Humiliation".


JG: What's next for you?

DC: In addition to my novels, I collaborate on theater works with the French director Gisele Vienne, and we're beginning to work on our seventh piece, which take the form of a large walk through maze wherein a theater piece of sorts will take place. I'm also finishing a book of poetry.


For more on "Marbled Swarm," visit the Harper Collins website.

  • Jeff Glor

    Jeff Glor was named anchor of the Sunday edition of the "CBS Evening News" in January 2012 and Special Correspondent for "CBS This Morning" in November 2011.