Friday, August 05, 2016

Why Are So Many American Authors Writing About Characters Outside America?


Charles McGrath suggests that it’s “a novelistic weariness with America and Americans, a sense that our native ground is not too thin, as Henry James would have it, but too played out.” Siddhartha Deb thinks perhaps they shouldn’t bother: “Can a novel set abroad be anything other than the Grand Tour novel or its successor, the imperial novel?”

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