Hilary Mantel: Women Writers Should Stop Making Female Characters More Powerful Than They Are

“Many writers of historical fiction feel drawn to the untold tale. They want to give a voice to those who have been silenced. Fiction can do that, because it concentrates on what is not on the record. But we must be careful when we speak for others… If we write about the victims of history, are we reinforcing their status by detailing it? Or shall we rework history so victims are the winners?”

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