9/11 Fiction

911 fictionThe BBC asks if there is a novel that defines the 9/11 decade. I’m tempted to nominate The 9/11 Commission Report – any other suggestions that the Beeb left out?

Many books have been written about 9/11 but is there one that embodies the era that the attacks inaugurated?

When Changez, the Pakistani hero of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, watches the Twin Towers come crumbling down, he smiles.

Little Oskar Schell, the nine-year-old at the centre of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, grapples with his father’s death by creating a flip-book – 15 blurry stills, arranged in reverse order, of a man falling to his death from the World Trade Center. When he flicks through the pages, the flailing figure is restored to the top of the building – safe.

In Open City, writer Teju Cole describes Colonel Tassin – a (real) 19th Century figure – who kept count of the number of birds killed by flying into the Statue of Liberty, as many as 1,400 a night. The image is a reminder of another killing by collision, also in New York, two centuries later.

These are three books that have attempted to hew fiction from the fact of 9/11. According to Bowker’s Books in Print database, which tracks print and e-books published and distributed in the United States, 164 such works have been written so far – they either directly address the event or use it as a peg to hang greater literary concerns about love, life and loss…

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  • Anonymous

    The greatest tragedy is what happened after the event

  • MoralDrift

    The greatest tragedy is what happened after the event

  • birch

    Final Crisis by Grant Morrison

  • birch

    Final Crisis by Grant Morrison

  • DeepCough

    I agree with Majestic: the greatest fiction you’ll find about the 9/11 report is the 9/11 Commission Report itself.

  • DeepCough

    I agree with Majestic: the greatest fiction you’ll find about the 9/11 report is the 9/11 Commission Report itself.

    • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

      Amen dude…there isn’t a better spun tale of fluff to be found on the subject anywhere.

      • Butter Knife

        Loose Change?

        • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

          I’m not willing to call Loose Change all fluff or even fiction. They may not have presented any damning evidence that was irrefutable…but they did rack up a big list of perfectly factual, uncontested circumstances that ALL look suspicious. Whether that means they proved their premise or not is up to debate…but the details themselves aren’t fiction.

        • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

          I’m not willing to call Loose Change all fluff or even fiction. They may not have presented any damning evidence that was irrefutable…but they did rack up a big list of perfectly factual, uncontested circumstances that ALL look suspicious. Whether that means they proved their premise or not is up to debate…but the details themselves aren’t fiction.

        • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

          I’m not willing to call Loose Change all fluff or even fiction. They may not have presented any damning evidence that was irrefutable…but they did rack up a big list of perfectly factual, uncontested circumstances that ALL look suspicious. Whether that means they proved their premise or not is up to debate…but the details themselves aren’t fiction.

      • Butter Knife

        Loose Change?

      • Butter Knife

        Loose Change?

    • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

      Amen dude…there isn’t a better spun tale of fluff to be found on the subject anywhere.

    • CosmicAmazing

      I also agree, 100%

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Amen dude…there isn’t a better spun tale of fluff to be found on the subject anywhere.

  • Butter Knife

    Loose Change?

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    I’m not willing to call Loose Change all fluff or even fiction. They may not have presented any damning evidence that was irrefutable…but they did rack up a big list of perfectly factual, uncontested circumstances that ALL look suspicious. Whether that means they proved their premise or not is up to debate…but the details themselves aren’t fiction.

  • CosmicAmazing

    I also agree, 100%