“Cheap” and “Shitey”: European Fiction?
Christos Tsiolkas, Australian author of “controversial” Booker-nominated novel The Slap explains why he’s better than European writers:
A friend of mine gave me a book of the best European short stories of 2009. I was instantly struck by how dry and academic they were, and not in the best way, in a cheap, shitey way… They didn’t talk about the real. I want something more rigorous, more challenging than I am finding at the moment.
To hear more of his fighting talk from the Edinburgh International Book Festival, read Charlotte Higgins’ article on the Guardian website.