The Bjørnson lecture

Kamila Shamsie: You couldn’t make this up

In a world in which the phrase ‘you couldn’t make this up’ is increasingly on people’s lips as an expression of despair, what is the role of the imagination? Has the reality in which we find ourselves made the novel irrelevant, outdated or, at best, a form of escapism? And what responsibility do writers bear for their silences, complicity, or unseeing over the course of our increasingly bleak century? 

Introduction by Laila Bokhari and Salil Tripati.

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