I stumbled across this fantastic presentation by Andrew Klavan today. Klavan is perhaps one of the most prominent voices in conservative fiction today, though it is hard to tell since such voices are largely ignored by the media. Anyway, he makes a number of points defining the difference between American fiction and European fiction. At about 17 minutes, he gets to the core of the right/left matter: leftist literature, he says, is about ceasing the search for truth (because, you know, the debate is over and all that), while conservative fiction recognizes that the search for truth is never, ever over. Right now, he goes on to say, is the first time being both conservative and a writer really sets one apart from the rest of the literary world.
Anyway, watch the video. It’s long but enlightening.