Friday, March 1, 2024

The novel and the truth

He asked her what book she was reading.

"The Idiot, do you know it."

"No. What's it about?"

"It's a novel."

"I'd rather read the truth," he said.

"It is the truth."

Bernard Malamud, The Assistant

I came across this in the Kindle sample of The Novel, Who Needs It? by Joseph Epstein. I now can't wait to read it except the library doesn't have a copy. Which I find really surprising. It seems as if every library would automatically want several copies of this one.

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