The Counterlife Topics for Discussion

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Does a writer owe any obligation to friends and family that shares stories in confidence, or is it acceptable to publish anything so long as the writer changes the names and calls the work fiction?

Is the novel The Counterlife making any statement about the nature of fiction versus reality, and is this in any way reflected in the title?

The novel contains many instances of types of individuals and some embody stereotypes. What sorts of stereotypes are contained in the novel (religious zealot, snob, hard working conservative, joker, etc.), and do any of the characters change type from one section to another?

The novel contains more than one instance of third person narration. Is the third person narrator the same in all the sections coming that point of view, or are there indications that there may be more than one third person narrator?

What does Nathan mean that there is no such thing as self and that anyone seeming to be themselves is merely doing a good job of impersonating their idea of self?

Maria describes herself as a quiet, submissive, conservative woman, yet she makes some of the more vivid points in the novel. What are some important points Maria makes in her answers to questions or in her angry defense of her views?

Could all of The Counterlife be contained in Draft # 2, or are there parts of the novel that must exist independently of the manuscript that Henry and Maria separately encounter in Part 4?

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