Articles tagged historical fiction

Finding the ‘Art’ in Historical Fiction and Narrative History

Christopher Bram's sincere love for historical storytelling is contagious.

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We Still Want Everything: The Politicisation of Anti-work

Less work, more pay, more leisure, guaranteed income -- We Want Everything sends a stirring reminder that these are not new demands.

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Ian McGuire’s ‘The North Water’ Is a Barnburner of a Tale

Life aboard a 19th century whaling ship with a band of madmen. It's certainly not for the faint of heart.

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‘The Noise of Time’ Considers the Artist’s Place in an Oppressive State

In this fictional account of composer Dmitri Shostakovich, Barnes reveals the inner conflicts of a man trying to live by a set of principles in a shfting time and place.

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On Writing the Hidden History of American Women’s Lives

Sonja Livingston uses poetic essays to breathe life into some of America’s most remarkable, and little known, women.

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The Eternally Recurrent Themes in Susan Barker’s ‘The Incarnations’

The Incarnations works perfectly as a collection of studied, precise short stories unified by simple but powerful themes and a bevy of stylistic strengths.

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Gabriel Urza Redefines the Political Novel With ‘All That Followed’

The former public defender notes that All That Followed "...requires people to think about political actors as individuals rather than as ideologues. That's been my experience in real life."

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‘Twain & Stanely Enter Paradise’ Immortalizes Hijuelos’ Gift for Sympathy

Oscar Hijuelos' posthumous novel about the friendship between Mark Twain and Henry Morton Stanley cements his legacy as a penetrating writer on identity, ambition and family life.

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Annie Barrows’ ‘The Truth According to Us’ Is Charming, Wise, and Warm

Barrows explores the idea of truth—particularly the way the truth mixes with history and memory.

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Singapore’s ‘1965’ Sacrifices a Good Story and History at the Altar of Nationalism

Conflations, copouts, and confusions turn 1965 into a kitschy commemorative paean that will struggle to shrug off accusations of being propaganda.

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‘The Dying Grass’ Refuses to be Coralled

Like the unfenced West, William T. Vollmann's novel roams freely, evading control of the mechanical hand and conforming style.

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‘Lovers At the Chameleon Club’ and the Stories We Tell Ourselves

Lou Villars is a French athletic champion -- and a spy for the Nazis.

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Nadifa Mohamed: Writing the Lives of Somalia’s Women

The complex psychology of pre-war Somalia, and the endurance of its women, is vividly portrayed in The Orchard of Lost Souls.

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‘Epitaph’ Dispels Hollywood Myths About the Gunfight at O.K. Corral

Doria Russell finds heroes in the errant in Epitaph, a novel that captures the realities of the famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral, and much more.

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Where ‘The Tudors’ and ‘The Borgias’ Use Sex and Violence, ‘Wolf Hall’ Uses Language

Wolf Hall may lack the naturalism and graphic sex and violence of other period dramas, but it's all the better for it.

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Russell Crowe’s War Drama ‘The Water Diviner’ Is Awards Season Sap

Instead of a potent post-war drama, first time director Russell Crowe gives us a jumbled, often incoherent attempt at an epic.

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‘The Red Tent’ Has Regaled Readers for 17 Years, and It Remains as Powerful as Ever

Anita Diamant’s storytelling is exceptional. There’s something here for everyone in a work which is an unquestioned masterpiece of historical fiction.

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Becoming Jane Eyre by Sheila Kohler

Material like this should make for a riveting story, but Sheila Kohler settles for a merely engaging one.

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

Abraham Lincoln took an axe and gave some vampires 40 whacks.

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So interesting to see what can be imagined from a plot idea of a few words. Years ago, screenwriter and novelist David Benioff began with

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