Truth in Nonfiction

Truth in Nonfiction

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Even before the controversy that surrounded the publication of A Million Little Pieces, the question of truth has been at the heart of memoir. From Elie Wiesel to Benjamin Wilkomirski to David Sedaris, the veracity of writersa€™ claims has been suspect. In this fascinating and timely collection of essays, leading writers meditate on the subject of truth in literary nonfiction. As David Lazar writes in his introduction, a€œHow do we verify? Do we care to? (Do we dare to eat the apple of knowledge and say ita€™s true? Or is it a peach?) Do we choose to? Is it a subcategory of faith? How do you respond when someone says, a€˜This is really truea€™? Why do they choose to say it then?a€ The past and the truth are slippery things, and the art of nonfiction writing requires the writer to shape as well as explore. In personal essays, meditations on the nature of memory, considerations of the genres of memoir, prose poetry, essay, fiction, and film, the contributors to this provocative collection attempt to find answers to the question of what truth in nonfiction means. Contributors: John Da€™Agata, Mark Doty, Su Friedrich, Joanna Frueh, Ray GonzAilez, Vivian Gornick, Barbara Hammer, Kathryn Harrison, Marianne Hirsch, Wayne Koestenbaum, Leonard Kriegel, David Lazar, Alphonso Lingis, Paul Lisicky, Nancy Mairs, Nancy K. Miller, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Phyllis Rose, Oliver Sacks, David Shields, and Leo SpitzerEssays David Lazar ... I realized that memoir was not the right label for what I wanted to accomplish in these narratives, ... I turned to Virginia Woolf and to my grandmother for guidance, the strongest voices I had known in my formative years.

Title:Truth in Nonfiction
Author: David Lazar
Publisher:University of Iowa Press - 2009-11-01

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