Disnarration and the Unmentioned in Fact and Fiction | Marina Lambrou | Palgrave MacmillanSign in with Facebook Sign in options. Join Goodreads. Quotes tagged as "on-fiction" Showing of It's for getting at the truth when the truth isn't sufficient for the truth. Yes, I created a lie. But because you believed it, you found something true about yourself.
Ta-Nehisi Coates: Works Of Fiction Can Communicate Real Facts
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Journalists should report the truth. Who would deny it? But such a statement does not get us far enough, for it fails to distinguish nonfiction from other forms of expression. Novelists can reveal great truths about the human condition, and so can poets, film makers and painters. Artists, after all, build things that imitate the world. So do nonfiction writers. To make things more complicated, writers of fiction use fact to make their work believable.
The above story belongs to a young man desperately seeking truth and redemption. It takes place after his return home to face his family and a tragedy they held him responsible for. His story is a powerful one of forgiveness and second chances. Much like your story. Much like mine. Every day, we lie to ourselves to avoid facing the discomfort of our anxiety, hurt, and betrayal just to name a few feelings.
From fireside folk tales to Netflix dramas, narratives are essential to every society — and evolutionary theorists are now trying to figure out why, writes David Robson. A handsome king is blessed with superhuman strength, but his insufferable arrogance means that he threatens to wreak havoc on his kingdom. Enter a down-to-earth wayfarer who challenges him to fight. The king ends the battle chastened, and the two heroes become fast friends and embark on a series of dangerous quests across the kingdom. The fact that this tale is still being read today is itself remarkable.
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The non-fiction novel is a literary genre which, broadly speaking, depicts real historical figures and actual events woven together with fictitious conversations and uses the storytelling techniques of fiction. The non-fiction novel is an otherwise loosely defined and flexible genre. The genre is sometimes referred to using the slang term "faction", a portmanteau of the words fact and fiction. In modern literature, it is commonly thought  that this genre was formally established with the publication of Truman Capote 's In Cold Blood. That the genre was widely recognized in is undeniable, but influences on the genre can be traced much earlier, to books such as Ka-tzetnik 's novellas Salamdra and House of Dolls Works of history or biography have often used the narrative devices of fiction to depict real-world events.
Soon after The Secret River was published to enthusiastic reviews and a sustained appearance on the best-seller lists, a fuss erupted about it. This distinction was spelled out in the Afterwords of the books themselves, on my website, and in every interview I gave. But our media-driven age never lets the facts get in the way of a good story. I wrote a brief public reply, and a more detailed response on my website. With relief that I no longer had to defend myself against something I'd never said, I removed from this site the detailed responses I'd felt it necessary to make.