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The Smallness of Hanya Yanagihara's Maximalist Novel

3 monthes ago   |   By The New Republic

The maximalist novel, switching in its long narrative journey between different time periods or genres-or sometimes both-has over the years become something of a genre in itself. Even as a significant slice of literary fiction turns ever more slender and novella-like, too weary in its ennui to sketch out more than thoughts and emotions, a countercurrent exists in massive novels that purport to capture many things. Unlike earlier books by writers like Thomas Pynchon and Don DeLillo, soldering their paranoid but plausible links across vast swaths of time and space (or, as in the case of the...
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