By Jago Morrison
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In this chapter, I have suggested that one of the most important challenges for post-war and contemporary writers has been to ﬁnd ways of responding to the unravelling of absolute time in this period, and to understand its implications for the representation of collective memory. As I began by saying, the exploration of time in contemporary fiction is something that has taken place not in isolation, but rather against the background of a whole set of explorations in different ﬁelds and disciplines.
In one of them I am your enemy. (pp. 51–3, italics in original) In this story, time, meaning and desire are connected in a particular kind of way, through the irreducible proliferation of possibility. As in the experience of passing through a labyrinth, the idea of living through time is envisaged as a series of alternate paths and choices that sometimes may be retraced, and sometimes may not. In some of Borges’ other stories, the concept of time is approached in quite different ways. In ‘The Lottery in Babylon’ (1941), for example, the reader is invited to consider the idea of a society governed entirely by chance.
As far as theoretical physics is concerned, the publication of Einstein’s Special Theory was one of the most revolutionary events of the century. But it needs to be recognised, too, that Einstein himself was only one amongst a variety of Time and narrative 27 thinkers in the twentieth century and before who have sought to question the ‘truth’ of absolute time. In a number of other areas of thought, alternative conceptions of time to that of Newton had, in fact, been in play for a long period. For Immanuel Kant writing in the 1780s, for example, time was certainly not conceived as something absolute.
Contemporary Fiction by Jago Morrison