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Jonathan Franzen: Despair and optimism

Jonathan Franzen is seen as the great chronicler of the American middle classes following the success of his 2001 bestseller The Corrections.

Now he is back in the spotlight with his latest novel Freedom.

But Franzen shies away when you mention the Great American Novel, so Razia Iqbal asked him why there is such a debate about the literary accolade.