• Neil McEwan


African writers are unlikely to allow their work to slide into mere formalism but they are increasingly captured by the idea of subjecting or sacrificing ‘the novel as art’ to a cause for the public good. What is ‘commitment’ in fiction, and what effect do novels have on their readers?


Uneven Development Ancient Desert Mere Formalism Combine Development Entry Ticket 
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