parvenus, raison d'être, tendentious, apodictic

  • parvenus: a person who has suddenly risen to a higher economic status but has not gained social acceptance of others in that class | "Because what you're seeing here is the restoration of a capitalist society with everything cruel and stupid that involves, with the vulgarity of crooks and parvenus." - The Art of the Novel, Milan Kundera
  • raison d'être: reason for being | "Now, if the novel's raison d'être is to keep "the world of life" under a permanent light and to protect us from "the forgetting of being," is it not more than ever necessary today that the novel should exist?" - The Art of the Novel, Milan Kundera
  • tendentious: having or marked by a strong tendency especially a controversial one | "But the character of modern society hideously exacerbates this curse: it reduces man's life to its social function; the history of a people to a small set of events that are themselves reduced to a tendentious interpretation ... ". - The Art of the Novel, Milan Kundera
  • apodictic: of a proposition; necessarily true or logically certain | "The can cope with the novel only by translating its language and relativity and ambiguity into their own apodictic and dogmatic discourse." - The Art of the Novel, Milan Kundera

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