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Can fiction lead the political fight back?

American novelists are doing a brilliant job engaging with politics. Their British counterparts need to catch up fast

By Emran Mian   January 2017

It has been a year of extraordinary political events. In June, the United Kingdom decided to leave the European Union and in November the United States elected Donald Trump as its first reality-television president. Our instant storytellers—columnists, news anchors, other politicians—are still reeling from the shock. But what can real writers do to respond to politics—if anything? Fiction, by its nature, cannot move at the speed of current events. But those novelists who are willing to engage with the world can bring a unique set of insights into…

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