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Fiction news and analysis from The Nation
April 14, 2021
B. Traven: Fiction’s Forgotten Radical
The enigmatic author’s anarcho-communist politics seep into his novels about wage labor, class consciousness, and the violence of capital.
April 13, 2021
How ‘Things’ In Fiction Shape the Way We Read
Sarah Wasserman’s recent book looks at how the objects we take for granted in stories can reveal even deeper meaning.
April 5, 2021
Gogol’s Bullshit Jobs
His biting satires of Russian bureaucracy examined the random cruelty and arbitrary hierarchy of an empire in crisis.
April 1, 2021
Leonora Carrington’s Irreverent Dreamscapes
The surrealist painter’s only novel,
The Hearing Trumpet
, is a wily, epicurean, and hilariously scattershot exploration of nature, religion, myth, and more.
March 24, 2021
Kazuo Ishiguro at the End of the End of History
In his new novel
Klara and the Sun
, the British novelist offers us a narrative as much about our own world as about any imagined future.
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February 25, 2021
Danielle Evans’s Poignant Histories of the Present
Her new fiction collection
The Office of Historical Corrections
gives an intimate retelling of some of the debates and protests that defined the last decade.
February 22, 2021
Elena Ferrante’s Class Dramas
Her latest novel,
The Lying Life of Adults,
mines the contradictions of class identity.
February 8, 2021
Can the Novel Document the Present in Real Time?
is an experiment in novel writing that closely tracks and analyzes the news as it happens.
February 4, 2021
Can a Novel Really Capture the Spirit of the Internet?
and the limits of literary fiction’s obsession with life online.
David Schurman Wallace
February 2, 2021
The Body, the State, the Border: On Cristina Rivera Garza
Her fiction and essays illuminates how the language of violence is inherent to the disaster neoliberalism wrought in Mexico.