Thursday September 24, 2020

Artistic Licence: Novel cure for loneliness

To call the novel a cure for loneliness is to misunderstand both novels and loneliness, and to try for less than has already been achieved.

30th June, 2012

Earlier this month, the American novelist Jonathan Franzen published a collection of essays called Farther Away. The title piece of this volume is a peculiar concoction. Seeking relief from the exigencies of a book tour, Franzen sets out for a tiny Chilean island, Alejandro Selkirk. He brings along a tent, a copy of Robinson Crusoe, his birdwatching binoculars and a matchbox containing a small portion of the ashes of David Foster Wallace, Franzen's friend and...

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