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Issue Details: First known date: 2018... 2018 The Art of Pain : Writing in the Age of Trauma
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'Inspirational Memoirs, Painful Lives, Real Lives – these were the polite terms, the labels you might find on bookshop shelves, but the term that stuck was Misery Literature.' (Introduction)


  • Epigraph:

    ‘Ours is indeed an age of extremity. For we live under continual threat of two equally fearful, but seemingly opposed, destinies: unremitting banality and inconceivable terror. It is fantasy, served out in large rations by the popular arts, which allows most people to cope with these twin spectres.’

    Susan Sontag, ‘The Imagination of Disaster’ (1965)

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