In Search of Literary 'Truth'

Charges of fictionalization in Rigoberta Menchu's Nobel Prize-winning autobiography — which describes in vivid detail her life of oppression in Guatemala — have fueled passionate debate: Some supporters say the details are less important than the authenticity of Menchu's portrayal of the Guatemalan situation. Detractors say that's nonsense.

What then is literary truth? Is it a well-defined and absolute concept, or can fact and fiction sometimes overlap — yet still be based on "general truths"? Join host Ray Suarez for a discussion of literary authenticity and the danger to credibility when historical accounts are fictionalized.

Guests:

Elena Lappin, author, "The Man With Two Heads," Granta magazine No. 66: "Truth & Lies"

David Stoll, author, Rigoberta Menchu and the Story of All Poor Guatemalans

Clifford Irving, author, The Autobiography of Howard Hughes

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