War Novels

The Book as ‘An Art Object That We Should Defend’


“Literature is inseparable today from the books that carry their stories. If we want to save literature we have to save the rectangular objects that carry and spread their words. We have to respect the book for what it is: an art object that we should defend, defend against censors, narrow-minded educators and, most of all, the dangers of war.


Fiction has described wars better than any history book because a novelist, a true novelist, is not a warrior. Literature and war carry opposite genes.”


Mai Ghoussoub, from “Texterminators,” published in this month’s issue of Words Without Borders.