Interview with Novelist Manuel Lasso (THE BUTCHER OF LYON)

Watch the Novel Reading:

About the Author
Manuel Lasso, a Peruvian novelist, short story writer and playwright, studied Literature at the City College of New York, where he became a winner of the Floral Games in the narrative category. His work has been published in magazines and newspapers from Europe and America and has readers in five continents. Visit his blog

or follow him on Twitter @Manuel_Lasso.

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about?

It is about this war criminal Klaus Barbie who committed abuses
against the French people during WW II and against citizens of South
America afterwards until he was arrested and sent back to Lyon for trial and incarceration.

2. What genres would you say this story is in?

Novel, theatre and movies

3. How would you describe this story in two words?

Deconstructing Barbie

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?


5. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

Habanera from the opera Carmen

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Don Quixote

7. What motivated you to write this story?

During my childhood we were neighbors with Klaus Barbie
in Lima Peru. Although he was hiding and never met with anybody.
I used to hear military songs coming from his house during
his Sunday afternoon lunches when all his guests were probably drank.
Now, after a long research, I believe that those were
Nazi hymns played during military parades in Nazi Germany.
After his identity was announced to the world in 1972 I decided to
investigate about this assassin. Afterward came the idea of
writing this novel.

8. If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

William Shakespeare

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Philosophy. and classical music.

10. What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

Sam Sokolov’s excellent advices.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

It takes a long time to become successful. So, write all the time, all you can and wait. Keep getting better at it. Never dismay.
Don’t think on anything else. Just keep writing.


By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival

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