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Fake and Fiction - On the invention of truth

The beautiful fiction of literature – or the dirty fiction of a fake?

by Strässle , Thomas

No more hours spent fact-checking! At the halfway point of Donald Trump’s presidency,

everyone knows that fiction has replaced the domination of facts in the guise of the fake.

Literary studies, however – the authority on all questions of fiction – have so far kept a

reserved silence. Now Thomas Strässle takes the bull by the horns. Every fake is a form

of fiction, just as a novel is also fiction. But not every fiction is a fake. What has to happen to turn fiction into a fake? How do we learn to distinguish lies – the beautiful lies of literature – from the evil lies of fakes? This is the topic of Thomas Strässle’s major essay.

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