‘You Know How it Ends’: Metafiction and 9/11 in <i>Windows on the World</i>

Martin Randall

in 9/11 and the Literature of Terror

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780748638529
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651825 | DOI:
‘You Know How it Ends’: Metafiction and 9/11 in Windows on the World

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This chapter studies Frederic Beigbeder's Windows on the World, which takes the most creative and ethical risks in dealing with the attacks. It considers the developing suggestion that fictional realism may not be the most effective genre in representing the attacks. It also looks at Claire Messud's The Emperor's Children, which deals with the ‘interruption’ of 9/11. The chapter determines how Beigbeder is able to mix fiction and non-fiction, in order to produce a work that is consistently self-aware.

Keywords: Frederic Beigbeder; fictional realism; Windows on the World; metafiction; representing the attacks; Claire Messud; fiction; non-fiction

Chapter.  6683 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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