Writers Who Blur Fiction and Reality

April 2, 2015 2:37 PM

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Writers Who Blur Fiction and Reality

A new crop of writers—from Karl Ove Knausgaard to Sheila Heti—is walking the razor-thin line between novel and memoir

ONE CLICHÉ ABOUT debut novels is that they’re thinly veiled autobiography, from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s This Side of Paradise to James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. It’s a judgment that tends to carry a shade of condescension, implying that first-time authors are able to mine only t...

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