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Critic James Wood explores how the novel deals with death.

Critic James Wood explores aspects of novelistic technique through a fictional character.

We have talked a lot about life, and its crucial nutrients - thought, talk, sensation, knowing others, our sense of self. How does the novel deal with the end of life, and the absence of all this?

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James Wood was the tyro lead fiction reviewer on the Guardian for several years. He now is a professor at Harvard.

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