The novel is dead (this time it’s for real)

Literary fiction used to be central to the culture. No more: in the digital age, not only is the physical book in decline, but the very idea of ‘difficult’ reading is being challenged. The future of the serious novel, argues Will Self, is as a specialised interest.

Note: as you’ll gather from the title, the death of the novel has been announced before. Will Self, a novelist, is also writing about ‘the serious novel’. Controversy about one of the other parts of this notes would not disturb him.

Read the article here:‘the omni­present and deadly threat to the novel has been imminent now for a long time.

Will Self at Humber Mouth 2007
Will Self (Photo credit: Maggie Hannan)

 

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