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The Great Gatsby is easy-difficult: it presents the reader with no problem paragraph by paragraph, but to appreciate its thematic architecture takes steady attention. Work that confirms and celebrates and panders and work that confounds and perplexes and challenges. Sometimes the form or style of a book needs to mirror the complexity of life.
Sometimes we need to try and describe the indescribable. Life is hard and paradoxical. Nor should all fiction be. Experimental fiction is something you write for the love of it. It is rarefied. But it is important because it often forms the foundation of our creative ecosystem. Other artists musicians, painters, architects etc higher up the food chain read us and engage with our ideas and translate what we do.
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This year, as every year, there have been versions of the old op-ed standby that the Man Booker is succumbing to pretension or political correctness or snobbery or irrelevance. These all make for pleasingly attitudinal headlines but they ignore the glaring point that every single year you get a whole new panel of judges who make a whole new determination from a whole new batch of books.
That has happened, and it can be agonising. This year though, Anna Burns was felt to be the answer to both. Easy good books will, with a bit of luck, find their audiences; easy bad books will do so too, because they are often fun in spite of or because of their badness. Difficult bad books will tend to die in a ditch; and difficult good books, without a helping hand, are likely to do so too. These prizes are set up to reward the best literary fiction. Here, though, something of a definitional abyss opens.
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