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'An adequate narrative vehicle'

25 July 2011

'That social function of conveying news has been totally obviated by television and the internet. If I had a list of my tasks as a novelist, even category number 35 would not be "bringing interesting unknown information to my readers"... (Asked about category number one:) To find an adequate narrative vehicle for the most difficult stuff at the core of me, in the hope that that might resonate with the reader who otherwise has been feeling alone with those deep, difficult feelings. I don't really have a list, but that's the project.'

Jonathan Franzen in the Sunday Telegraph's Seven