By Edward Nawotka
By now, it’s well known that memory — in particular as exercised by lying memoirists and some easily misled nonfiction writers — is fallible.
What’s more, in today’s lead editorial by Shira Nayman, the novelist and psychologist notes that “remembering always involves dark patches of obscuring; it is, in its essence, a kind of personal chiaroscuro — the illuminated spots of recalled happenings, feelings, events, combining with the shadowy bits of the forgotten into a distinctive pattern that is uniquely our own. For all of us, a healthy orientation towards the past involves a delicate balance between remembering and forgetting, with subtle and ongoing adjustments.”
This ultimately suggests, at least to me, that a work of fiction can be “more true” than a work of nonfiction. Do you agree?
Read Nayman’s editorial and let us know what you think in the comments. And, if it comes to mind, please offer some examples from your own reading life where you feel fiction has captured the essence of something better than a nonfiction account.