AH: It’s very important; it is a central theme, the essence of storytelling. There’s a John Birger quote that says: “Never will a story be told again if it were the only one.” I’m not sure what the marking of that was for him. In essence, you can’t tell one story without telling other stories. That’s the essence of storytelling. Telling stories in isolation winds up with some sort of navel-gazing and you wind up with a self-indulgent memoir.
To me, the interesting thing as a storyteller and a writer, and also as a human being, I can’t see people isolated from others. They come and tell stories in relation to other people and their stories. I wanted to explore that. I wanted Rora to keep telling stories which are not about himself, stories about baring witness, sort of an epic narrative. It does not deal with his own psychology. On the other hand, there is Brik, who is kind of a navel gazer, and it is a combination of the two of them, from the two narrative modes that they practice that in some ways the Lazarus story emerges. One way of looking at it for me, Rora and Brik practice storytelling but then the story told after those practices is the story of Lazarus.”