07/06/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

What Has Happened To Political Fiction?

Contemporary political novels -- the ones that sell, at least -- are more concerned with political disengagement than they are with values or beliefs. The theme that courses through Goodwillie and Crace's books -- as well as Joe Meno's excellent The Great Perhaps and Hari Kunzru's criminally underrated My Revolutions -- is not one of right versus left or socialism versus capitalism, but about inaction versus action.

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