The fiction we deserve

Iannonel, C.
June 1987
Commentary;Jun87, Vol. 83 Issue 6, p60
Recent articles in diverse journals have lamented the diminished state of contemporary fiction. Most of the attention has been focused on minimalism: fiction that is thin in texture, slight in form, banal in subject, and easy to read. A critique of some collections of short stories, some of the minimalism school and others dealing with historical and contemporary issues.


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