American novelist Jonathan Franzen can't write about race as he 'knows few blacks'

New York: Award-winning novelist Jonathan Franzen has an admittedly uncomfortable reason for why he doesn't expect to write a book about racial relations: He doesn't know many blacks.

 American novelist Jonathan Franzen cant write about race as he knows few blacks

Award-winning novelist Jonathan Franzen. Photo: AP

In an interview that appeared last weekend on Slate, the author of The Corrections said he had few black friends and had "never been in love" with a black woman. He called his comments "an embarrassing confession."

Franzen's remarks were widely criticised, with National Book Award finalist Angela Flournoy tweeting that Franzen's books were indeed "about race," if only because they expressed a white perspective.

Author Celeste Ng tweeted that Franzen showed a "failure of writing and of humanity." In response, Joyce Carol Oates suggested Franzen's detractors "cast the first stone" and write "stronger novels than JF." Oates called that the "best revenge."

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Updated Date: Aug 02, 2016 08:18:38 IST