Fiction Books about WritersBelles Lettres about Authors
up to 10 novels about authors
Early in the morning, young NYC journalist Alice begins an infatuation with Ezra, a surprise friendly older author; the second, resolutely different section follows Amar, an intricate origin Irrawad who was arrested at Heathrow Airport on his way to Iraq. Delayed selects 10 books about writers.
Accordingly, this is not a shortlist of the ten "best" books about writers, as I don't want to give the feeling of being better than myself, but a shortlist of books about writers who appear on my bookcases at home in Milan - a collection that is as fragmentary and unconventional as the next one.
In fact, for all writers who line my home, I couldn't find more than two who had a novel about a writer (Louise Erdrich may be a third, but it's never stated if Riel America's master's work is fiction or non-fiction, so I refused to accept Shadow Tag here).
I do not seem to have writers from other sections of the population under-represented below, a lack that they want to fill with new disclosures and suggestions. To a certain degree, I assume you could say that every novel is a writer, that a novel is a kind of index of the writer's awareness; who else could it be more?
But even a verbatim view of the commission makes you think a lot, not least what inspired a writer to focus the Spiegel on her own vocation: you are inspired to type what you know. Or, perhaps you are writing about being a writer to awaken people' s liking - it is not the envyable profession it seems to be.
Then we have perhaps the most tempting motif for a novel about a writer: the possibility to write a commentary on the fiction itself. So to the books in the same order as they are on my shelves: