Both my manifesto and my novels are intended to foreground the difficulty of maintaining such a link between past and present, between neoliberal capitalism and European Modernism. For me, neoliberalism has deprived us of the conditions under which a certain literature – the literature, in particular, of Modernism – thrived. The vanguards have disappeared because there is no one in particular to offend. Literary fiction lives on, but it has become, for the most part, a kind of kitsch, depending on the most schematic ways of presenting character, plot, etc. – on a ‘realism’, a standardised system of representation, that is completely at one with the generic models of taste on which advertising and marketing depend.
Saturday, February 9, 2013
My Blog List
"2666" Bengali literature 1Q84 'A' literature Alice Munro Arundhati Roy interview $665000 advance 10 forbidden classics 2010 Nobel Prize winner in literature A Suitable Boy A.S.Byatt Aagunpakhi Aamer Hussein Adam Bodor interview Alasdair Gray interview Ali Sethi Amitav Ghosh interview Anne Enright on Failure Arundhati Roy on fiction Bolano's last interview Carlos Fuentes dies Chinua Achebe interview Cormac McCarthy Dave Eggers on publishing Deborah Levy on writing and reading Dumitru Tsepeneag Eleanor Catton wins the Man Booker Prize 2013 Franz Kafka's dog story George Saunders and his editor Gunter Grass's 1990 diary an unremarkable man