We may never know what goes on in the rooms where literary prizes are decided, but thanks to data, we know exactly who was there.
Tag: Literary Fiction
“My reckoning with the Black South was an attempt to give integrity and texture to my belief that I was an Afrikan with a ‘k.’”
“There’s something very solitary in her writing as well. I almost think of it as solitary solidarity.”
Eleanor Catton’s "Birnam Wood" is a leftist novel filled with radicals who fail to exemplify their own ideals.
“When to form political certainties, and when to take political action, are among the central questions the book explores.”
In contemporary fiction, “literary evil” has been replaced by “neurotics, malingerers, failed imposters”—but what are the consequences of this indifference to evil and the assumed moral neutrality?
A behind-the-scenes look at what Public Books editors and staff have been reading this month.
“‘Them’ remakes the naturalist tradition of novels for a society that seems … incapable of ending an addiction to racist violence.”
Maybe we have something to learn from their proclivity for the irreconcilable, unruly, and open-ended.
If George Eliot was interested in religious coexistence, she was also interested in unbelief.
Rushdie’s fifteenth novel casts doubt on the very production of historical knowledge.
Few writers have been as beloved by readers and underrated by reviewers as Daphne du Maurier. What irked them?
How, Murakami asks, can community after the earthquake be structured around self-reflection rather than cruelty?
“If I’m honest, I never came back to Chile, at least not to the country of my early childhood, an inferno in which I was happy.”
What can readers learn from five centuries of circumnavigation?
“So I must begin again, when I only have months left to write it.”
“In a world where the imagined purpose of the novel is to entertain—not to teach or spark further inquiry—The Last Samurai dissents.”
“Let it become the thing that leads you through your days for years on end—just allowing that problem to live in front of you and to guide you.”