Big Books in Times of Big Data examines the stylistics of monumentality by reading novelists, including Karl Ove Knausgård and Elena Ferrante, through the lens of contemporary cultural phenomena such as digitization, quantification, and datafication. Inge Van de Ven engages in a critical reflection on what it means to write a novel over one thousand pages long at a time when enormous and ever-increasing amounts of information are “vying for our eyes and brains” (1). The book is not only a reflection on our frantic times but also a contemplation on the rise of the popularity of these novels and explores the connections between these two developments.

The introduction clarifies the correlation between the numerous declarations of the death of the novel and the latest metamorphosis of the book in terms of materiality, narration, and stylistics. According to Van...

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