The book offers ten essays which explore the interaction between literature and politics. The authors investigate a variety of genres including young-adult fiction, national poetry, novels, autobiography, and performance art from different time periods ranging from the 18
th up to the 21
st century from the Americas, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Grouped in three sections, the essays focus on the relationship between
fiction and identity; the creation of
spaces of/in fiction; and the interplay of
irony and fiction. They reveal that fiction has a fundamental potential not only to react to but also to affect and shape the world. This offers a possibility to negotiate and re-imagine the ways in which we perceive the world and position ourselves within it.