As it seems to have a politics to itself and one that is rather hostile to established forms, this tag seems apt: We must catch ourselves in the act of thinking that the novel is somehow timeless and eternal, a Platonic form. Its history in fact only extends back a couple of hundred years. It is grounded in the physical and psychological realities of the 18th and 19th centuries, a time when people travelled by horse and carriage, lived in extended families and in which a trip of miles could be an arduous adventure.
People were tied to a place and a background, and the moral codes that came with it. Whether they were Dr Lydgate or Madame Bovary, their fate was tied to locality — if you transgressed everyone would know what you had done.
Compare that with our era, in which we have the option of anonymity. One of the problems we face these days is that many of our actions and comments exist only in the form of internet communication: How can the novel represent this? Does it have to contrive situations in which people are connected in old-fashioned ways in order to communicate the inherent ethic of the novel form?
A case in point is the aforementioned Atlantic City. In the attempt to create a debate within the novel about the impact of global derivatives trading on the housing market, Haslett has to force connections between disparate people. He makes the woman fighting to save her home and garden the sister of the head of the Federal Reserve Bank, and her neighbour a hostile trader involved in a land grab. It's a laboured structural contrivance, built to spell out facts and politics.
Haslett has regressed to the time of the horse and cart: This problem of contriving characters to spell out a political truth is also present in Jonathan Franzen's Freedom.
In the novel, Franzen endlessly invents scenarios in which people can "talk" politics. His novel, as with Haslett's would have been better served by having structural breaks in which he laid out the politics in non-fictional format.
But, a stalwart of the novel and famously anti-internet: Franzen's intention is to make his work more relevant; to create the Great American Novel which encompasses all life. But the form strains to bursting point at such an imposition.
Freedom would have been a better book if it were half the size and had hyperlinks to the politics being discussed — or if Franzen had used his Ethernet socket.
Our modern world is, as sociologists such as Zygmunt Bauman tell us, one of constant fragmentation and mixing of genres and lifestyles. The narratives of the traditional "life-story" are breaking down into unrelated pieces. We work 40 jobs over a lifetime, we have 50 sexual partners, we move location and we start again and again in the deregulated, privatised world of self-selling.
We inhabit virtual places as much as we do real ones. Facts become blurred and we live out fictions. For works of writing to reflect this world, they also have to enter into the language and forms of our time, otherwise we end up with confused, over-stuffed, compromised books that use an old form to try to talk about a new time.
Whether we like it or not, the net is rewiring our reading habits. As Benjamin said, the novel, as it exists, cannot contain the threat from the form that is greater than it: If it is to be relevant at all, the novel must break into new hybrids and leave the 19th-century segregation of fact, fiction, memoir and essay behind.
The novel must let the world in and speak through the many forms that the world already speaks through. Fact, fiction or faction? From the time of the horse We must catch ourselves in the act of thinking that the novel is somehow timeless and eternal, a Platonic form.
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Factual writing explains a series of events in a chronological, unbiased way that allows readers to gain information that is not influenced by the personal opinions of the writer or publisher. Examples of factual writing include local, regional, national and international news stories.
Factual writing deals with facts and everyday situations. Such a writing does not, by and large, call for an imaginative, personal, or creative response.
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