What the Post-Crisis Novel Can Teach Us About Finance
Money is a horrid thing to follow, but a charming thing to meet.
It's been a long day. The markets crushed you. You crawl home, pour a tall drink and pick up that book you've been meaning to start, a novel your friend who teaches Early English Lit gave you. Something to get your mind off of things.
VIX Index. Oil Futures. Quantitative Analysis. Mortgage-Backed Securities Fraud. Japanese Candle Stick Charting.Wait, no. This is wrong. You don't want to read about this. This is supposed to be a novel. It's supposed to be an escape from the financial world, right? In article for the Financial Times last month, author and journalist John Lanchester recalls why there hasn't been much talk about finance in high-grade literary fiction. That is, until now. Two unlikely bedfellows, the novel and Wall Street, have intertwined in the past few years, breeding a crop of literary fiction that might be dubbed the post-crisis novel.
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