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By Susha  

Browsing through the books recently arrived in the Prospect office, I picked up “How Fiction Works” by literary critic James Wood, which will be published next month. Wood starts his first chapter, Narrating, with a typically clear statement: “The house of fiction has many windows, but only two or three doors. I can tell the story in the third person or in the first person, and perhaps in the second person singular or in the first person plural, though successful examples of these latter two are rare indeed. And that is it.”

Which got me thinking. I’ve read quite a…

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