I met an author at a conference who said “to be good, an author (of fiction) must be subversive.” I liked the idea back then, but doubted its absoluteness. These days, I don’t. These days, when anti-democratic, pro-authoritarian forces are spreading and gathering power to extents not seen in many decades, novelists can no longer afford the luxury of being apolitical.
“The novel matters because it punches little holes in the wall of indifference that surrounds us. Novels have to swim against the tide. And this was never more clear than it is today.”