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“If religion is true, one must believe. And if one chooses not to believe, one’s choice is marked under the category of a refusal, and is thus never really free: it has the duress of a recoil.” With literary belief, however, “one is always free to choose not to believe.” This, Wood argues, is the freedom of literature; it is what constitutes its “reality.”


James Wood, The Broken Estate: Essays on Literature and Belief
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The Broken Estate: Essays on Literature and Belief The Broken Estate: Essays on Literature and Belief by James Wood
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