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Will the Novel Survive?
September 20, 2022 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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Political polarisation, Substack, Netflix, TikTok – the modern world seems to conspire against the introspective reading of long fictional texts. Anna Gát looks at the chances of survival for the novel in the 21st century.
A seminal experience of my adolescence: withdrawing and curling up with a book, re-emerging days later shaken, fulfilled, accomplished, a thick volume lying by the couch all consumed.
Like many working adults, I find it harder and harder to find time for such escapes from the world, or to be able to fully hand myself over to a book – so many things are calling for my attention, reality has me in its grip.
Is this a unique experience, or a fact of our era? We seem to be buying more books than before, but reading fewer of them. Will the most time-demanding and emotionally challenging literary format, the novel, survive such personal and collective distractions?
Will the binge-watching and the doom-scrolling triumph?
Join us to share your stories, and discuss the future of the novel!
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