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To the Best of Our Knowledge: Novel Novels | [Jim Fleming]

To the Best of Our Knowledge: Novel Novels

Is Jennifer Egan's book, A Visit from the Goon Squad, a novel or is it a series of entangled stories? It's a fair question because this polyphonic narrative covers a lot of territory – from satire to tragedy told from a wide range of characters' points of view. And one chapter takes the form of a PowerPoint Presentation. In this hour, Egan talks about her Pulitzer Prize-winning book, as we explore novel novels.
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In this hour, experimental novels didn't start with James Joyce, or even Cervantes. They go back to the beginning of civilization. Jennifer Egan's new novel is called A Visit from the Goon Squad, and it's received the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2011 Pulitzer Prize. Jennifer Egan tells Steve Paulson all about her polyphonic narrative.

Next, Steven Moore has written several books on modern literature. His latest is a massive treatment called The Novel: An Alternative History, Beginnings to 1600. Moore tells Steve Paulson there is a rich history of experimental fiction.

Novelist Christopher Miller's debut novel Sudden Noises from Inanimate Objects has been called "funny, sinister, and endlessly inventive." He tells Jim Fleming about the novel, which takes the form of liner notes for a box set by a fictional musician. Miller is also the author of The Cardboard Universe: A Guide to the World of Phoebus K. Dank.

And finally, Jeff Bursey is a Canadian author and reviewer whose new book is called Verbatim: A Novel. It's set in a fictional province and presented in the form of the "Hansard," (sort of the Canadian equivalent of the Congressional Record.) [Broadcast Date: July 13, 2012]

Listen to A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan.

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