INTO THE LIGHT
Fiction can be a powerful tool of illumination, but one that needs careful handling. Novelists Catherine Chidgey (The Wish Child), Hisham Matar (The Return) and Steve Sem-Sandberg (The Emperor of Lies and The Chosen Ones) have crafted remarkable novels from some of the dark recesses of 20th-century history. What is it about the fictional form that allows readers to bear witness to the unimaginable, and how does a novelist avoid repelling readers when dealing with the horrific? They speak with Stephanie Johnson.
Hisham Matar has recently won a 2017 Pulitzer Prize for The Return. Unfortunately due to a clash with the awards ceremony he will no longer be appearing in the Auckland Writers Festival.