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Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Novel or Short Story... Or New Form?

In a fragmented world, the distinction between novels and short stories is becoming blurred. Here, Philip Hensher asks why.

What is this book? Is it a novel? Is it a collection of stories with recurrent characters? Well, it might just be an example of a new literary genre. Genres don't come into existence every day, but in the past few years a good number of writers have started exploring the previously blank territory that lies between the collection of short stories and the novel proper. It starts to look like a new form altogether.

posted by The Daily Pick at 1:49 AM


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