The Novel of the Future

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Swallow Press/Ohio University Press, 1986 - Fiction - 212 pages
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In The Novel of the Future, Ana´s Nin explores the act of creation--in literature, film, art, and dance--to arrive at a new synthesis for the young artist struggling against the sterility, formlessness, and spiritual bankruptcy afflicting much of modern fiction. Identifying those trends which she finds most destructive in modern fiction (reportage, the substitution of violence for emotion, and the growing cults of ugliness, toughness, and caricature), Nin offers, instead, an argument for and synthesis of the poetic novel.

Drawing upon such related arts as filmmaking, painting, and dance, Nin discusses her own efforts in this genre as well as the development of such writers as D. H. Lawrence, Henry Miller, Lawrence Durrell, Marguerite Young, and Djuna Barnes. In chapters devoted to the pursuit of the hidden self, the genesis of fiction, and the relationship between the diary and fiction, she addresses the materials, techniques, and nourishment of the arts, and the functions of art itself.

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A great book that introduced me to several authors I had never even heard of before and I will always be eternally grateful to Nin for having introduced me to them: Marianne Hauser, Margarite Young ... Read full review

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great book to read in a creative writing course. Intriguing literary theory and apology. Read full review


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TWO Abstraction
THREE Writing Fiction

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Anais Nin (1903 1977) was one of the most unique literary figures of this century. As a novelist she was distinctly catalytic, and her life-long diary resembles no other in the history of letters. Her books have been translated in a dozen languages.

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