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Saturday, 27 July 2013

The deepest theme of the history of the world

Michael Arditti has written an excellent piece in the Guardian on why he writes fiction about faith.

He begins by suggesting that Goethe, who stated that the "conflict of faith and scepticism remains the ... deepest theme of the history of the world," would be surprised by how rarely this theme is explored in contemporary British fiction.

Yet, "religious issues and their exponents remain as vital a subject of fiction today as in the age of Goldsmith or Trollope" with the "conflict between the individual conscience and biblical tradition" offering "the richest seam for a religious novelist to mine today."

Novelists, "who know how books are written, changed, translated, edited and distorted," are even "in a unique position to counter the literalist argument."


Arcade Fire - Intervention.

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