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9/11 and the Literature of Terror$
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Martin Randall

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748638529

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638529.001.0001

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‘You Know How it Ends’: Metafiction and 9/11 in Windows on the World

‘You Know How it Ends’: Metafiction and 9/11 in Windows on the World

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(p.63) Chapter 3 ‘You Know How it Ends’: Metafiction and 9/11 in Windows on the World
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9/11 and the Literature of Terror
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Martin Randall

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638529.003.0004

This chapter studies Frederic Beigbeder's Windows on the World, which takes the most creative and ethical risks in dealing with the attacks. It considers the developing suggestion that fictional realism may not be the most effective genre in representing the attacks. It also looks at Claire Messud's The Emperor's Children, which deals with the ‘interruption’ of 9/11. The chapter determines how Beigbeder is able to mix fiction and non-fiction, in order to produce a work that is consistently self-aware.

Keywords:   Frederic Beigbeder, fictional realism, Windows on the World, metafiction, representing the attacks, Claire Messud, fiction, non-fiction

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