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Richard Powers is the author of ten novels, most recently Generosity (Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2008). His novel The Echo Maker won the 2006 National Book Award.
What chance does personal fiction have against public facts? A meditation on place and narrative inspired by postmodern Berlin.