It was through the gardens in literature that I sensed the importance of gardens in a person's psyche. From the gardens in fairy tales to Il giardino dei Finzi-Contini by Giorgio Bassani. Umbrous space and quiet brought out a certain sensibility, central to an individual’s personality. It was also the place where a person could hide from the world, or disguise her real intentions under other preoccupations, as in The cherry orchard by Anton Chekov, or in a A voyage round my father by John Mortimer. My childhood memories were closely linked to gardens, but it was only when writing Autobiogardens that I realized that my interest in gardens in literature stemmed from the experience of my own perception of the gardens I grew up in.
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