Why Amit Writes Novels

Join Amit Chaudhuri as he discuss his creative process and the motivations behind his writing in a webinar organized by Balliol College, University of Oxford.

Tuesday, December 1st | 5:30 p.m. (London)

Why do we think people write novels? What happens if you spend a lifetime writing novels without being interested in categories like ‘plot’ and ‘character’? These and other questions will be explored in this talk from the point of view of one who’s neither a ‘natural’ reader nor writer of novels, but finds that they’re drawn to it repeatedly as a writer. What are the structural peculiarities of the novel that such an approach wishes to take advantage of, while ignoring the novel’s conventional requirements? Why turn to the novel when it’s possible to just as well write an essay or memoir about the same subjects?

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