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Separating literary and genre fiction is act of ‘self-mutilation’

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Separating literary and genre fiction is act of ‘self-mutilation’

By David Barnett

“Author David Mitchell has let loose the latest salvo in the perennial “literary vs genre” war by saying that those who dismiss fantasy and science fiction are committing a “bizarre act of self-mutilation”.

Mitchell is one of the handful of authors with a foot in both camps. He’s beloved of the literary establishment, and has been shortlisted for the Man Booker prize twice, and longlisted on a further three occasions. On the other hand, on Sunday he lifted the best novel trophy in the World Fantasy awards for his 2014 novel Bone Clocks, and his latest book, The Slade House, is an unabashed haunted house story.

Interviewed by Wired for a podcast put online just ahead of the World Fantasy convention where the awards were announced, Mitchell spoke about his fantasy and SF reading roots…”

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.theguardian.com

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