From Fantasy to Allegory

March 1, 2015 | 1 book mentioned

“Fantasy is a tool of the storyteller. It is a way of talking about things that are not, and cannot be, literally true. It is a way of making our metaphors concrete, and it shades into myth in one direction, allegory in another.” Neil Gaiman reviews Kazuo Ishiguro‘s The Buried Giant for the New York Times Book Review and considers the power, and risks, of fantasy.  Pair with Ishiguro’s talk with The Telegraph about the 10 years since the publication of Never Let Me Go.

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