Shield’s Manifesto

In the Evening Standard tonight, Hermione Eyre, introducing her review of Dancing in the Dark: My Struggle 4, summarizes David Shields’ Reality Manifesto as predicting “that literature would be at its sharpest when it was most real, when it’s genres were most blurred and, one might add, its authors, their ex-partners and relatives most embarrassed. Realism, with its good-mannered conventions, was to be replaced by the exciting and dangerous process of incorporating raw life into literature.


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