The Book That Tried To Kill Me
March 5, 2011 9:50 AM Subscribe
Why Do Writers Abandon Novels? “A book itself threatens to kill its author repeatedly during its composition,” Michael Chabon writes in the margins of his unfinished novel “Fountain City” — a novel, he adds, that he could feel “erasing me, breaking me down, burying me alive, drowning me, kicking me down the stairs.” And so Chabon fought back: he killed “Fountain City” in 1992.
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Inspired by Chabon's recent publication in McSweeney's
of the first four chapters of the long ago abandoned Fortune City ("complete with annotations that in turn bemoan and belittle the book"), NY Times' Dan Kois
weighs in on the phenomenon of the novel that had to be killed before something horrible happened to the author responsible.