The 21st-Century Novel: Notes from the Edinburgh World Writers' Conference

Overview

Contemporary creative writers reflect on the past, present and future of the novel

In 2012-2013, a year-long conversation between writers took place at 17 literary festivals around the world, from Jaipur to Krasnoyarsk, and from Melbourne to Berlin. Distinguished novelists such as Irvine Welsh, Ahdaf Soueif and Ali Smith shared their thoughts on various aspects of contemporary literature the challenges it faces and the directions it is taking. This book is in part an anthology ...

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Overview

Contemporary creative writers reflect on the past, present and future of the novel

In 2012-2013, a year-long conversation between writers took place at 17 literary festivals around the world, from Jaipur to Krasnoyarsk, and from Melbourne to Berlin. Distinguished novelists such as Irvine Welsh, Ahdaf Soueif and Ali Smith shared their thoughts on various aspects of contemporary literature the challenges it faces and the directions it is taking. This book is in part an anthology of the best of those accounts and also an overview of the lively wide-ranging global debate that the authors' views engendered among the many writers who took part. It adds up to an arresting and thought-provoking picture of the state of world literature today.

Key Features
>A powerful statement of the significance of literature in the modern world, and a call-to-arms for those who believe that fine writing is endangered
> Contributors include well-known contemporary novelists such as: China Mieville, Ahdaf Soueif, Kapka Kassabova, Irvine Welsh, Ali Smith and Kirsty Gunn
> Provides an international perspective on the issues facing writers and writing in general, and the present-day novel in particular
> A new and valuable resource for academics and students, and a fascinating primer for a wider readership for those who want to know how fiction functions & who like to get an insight into the thought processes of creative artists

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780748698349
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2014
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Bastable is an experienced editor, author and journalist. His Devil's Acre: A Russian Novel came out last year. He has published many non-fiction books, mostly on historical themes. He is a travel writer and a contributing editor to Condé Nast Traveller. His journalism has been published in Wallpaper, Time Out, The Sunday Times Magazine, Architectural Digest, various editions of GQ and Vogue. He is a specialist in Russia, and was a Moscow-based correspondent for The Sunday Times and The Scotsman in the 1990s.

Hannah McGill is a freelance writer and critic, and former artistic director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

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