p. xvip. 11. Saying everything
- Robert Eaglestone
‘Saying everything’ argues that contemporary fiction matters because it is how we work out who we are now, today. The novel is the best way of doing this. Of all the arts, the novel is the most thoughtful, the closest, and the most personal. It can be about anything, and can take any form or forms it chooses. The novel, like the human species, is now global and the form is still coming to terms with this deep and recent change. In the absence of any real agreement about when ‘contemporary’ is, this VSI takes it to mean the last ten years or so.