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F rontiers are always changing, advancing. Borders are fixed, man-made, squabbled about and jealously fought over. The frontier is an exciting, demanding — and frequently lawless — place to be. Occasionally, though, the border is the frontier. For many years this was a peaceful, uncontested and pretty deserted space.
Soon after The Secret River was published to enthusiastic reviews and a sustained appearance on the best-seller lists, a fuss erupted about it. This distinction was spelled out in the Afterwords of the books themselves, on my website, and in every interview I gave. But our media-driven age never lets the facts get in the way of a good story. I wrote a brief public reply, and a more detailed response on my website. With relief that I no longer had to defend myself against something I'd never said, I removed from this site the detailed responses I'd felt it necessary to make.
You are there. You see it.
You have to learn almost everything about a period and the social customs just to get your characters out of their beds, or off of their skins, and feed them breakfast. Rule 1: Sweat the Small Stuff. The authenticity of historical fiction depends on your knowledge and use of historical detail. It is not enough to say a character walked down the street. The reader has to be able to see the street, see the conveyances; he has to smell the smoke from the factories or the sewage in the gutter.
A novella is a text of written, fictional, narrative prose normally longer than a short story but shorter than a novel , somewhere between 17, and 40, words. The English word "novella" derives from the Italian novella , feminine of novello , which means "new". The novella as a literary genre began developing in the Italian literature of the early Renaissance , principally Giovanni Boccaccio , author of The Decameron Not until the late 18th and early 19th centuries did writers fashion the novella into a literary genre structured by precepts and rules, generally in a realistic mode. At that time, the Germans were the most active writers of the novelle German: "Novelle"; plural: "Novellen". Novellen tend to contain a concrete symbol, which is the narrative's focal point. A novella generally features fewer conflicts than a novel , yet more complicated ones than a short story.