Why write? Robert Coover shares his reasons for writing fiction in a long paragraph as complex and brilliant as his narrative style.
Many of the reasons he mentions ring true over and over again, especially
‘Because the world is reinvented every day and this is how it is done.
Because there is nothing new under the sun except its expression.
Because truth, that illusive joker, hides himself in fictions and must therefore be sought there‘.
Writing, Coover says, is ‘in all spaces unimaginable vastness, is still the greatest adventure of all.’ Could life which supplies the ingredients to the writer, every book being a by-product of its writer’s journey, be a greater adventure still? The good Professor who is sometimes called one of the founding fathers of modern metafiction does not say.