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5 questions for 'Night Film' author Marisha Pessl

5 questions for 'Night Film' author Marisha Pessl | literature | Scoop.it

Pessl: The book does have some dark places but our world is dark, and experiences that people go through are horrifying. Though evil exists, my world view is there's always hope. With the human spirit there's always the possibility of transcendence and something good. In the end, I don't think we live in a hopeless, amoral world. I think goodness exists and I wanted to convey that while allowing the reader to step to the edge and formulate his or her own conclusions.


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Mary Daniels Brown's curator insight, August 22, 2013 1:04 PM

About Marisha Pessl's new novel "Night Film." Her earlier novel is "Special Topics in Calamity Physics."

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Nadine Gordimer helped me see how fiction writing can illuminate reality ... - The Guardian

Nadine Gordimer helped me see how fiction writing can illuminate reality ... - The Guardian | literature | Scoop.it
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Nadine Gordimer helped me see how fiction writing can illuminate reality ...

 

Gordimer called it "witness literature".

 

Witness literature is fiction, not non-fiction, an interplay of sometimes real events or a context that is real, with fictional events and characters, combined with the aesthetic qualities of fiction. Witness literature is also not autobiographical fiction.

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For Gordimer, "witness" is foremost an aesthetic quest. It is what writers can, must even, give as it comes with "the awesome responsibility of their endowment of the seventh sense of the imagination". It is "the transformation of events, motives, emotions, reactions, from the immediacy into the enduring significance that has meaning".


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Best of British: Five iconic food moments in literature - The Independent

Best of British: Five iconic food moments in literature - The Independent | literature | Scoop.it
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Best of British: Five iconic food moments in literature

 

British authors know how to pen culinary delights. And while some of Britain’s literary greats bring food to life on their pages to get our taste buds tingling, others have equally repulsed through their gruesome narratives.

 

From writers of canonical prestige, to the classics of our childhood, appetizing and iconic literary food moments are at the forefront of many of our best books. Here is a selection of some of the tastiest:


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