"It’s too bad 'You Shall Know Our Velocity' isn’t a novel about monetary policy."
That's Matthew Yglesias, and it got me wondering about whether there are any novels about monetary policy. There's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," which some believe to be an allegory for the debate over the gold standard. If you're willing to include novels about the effects of monetary policy, pretty much any novel about the Great Depression counts, and "The Grapes of Wrath" is particularly eloquent on the subject. But is there anything more on-topic than that?
I am reminded of Paul Cantor on Thomas Mann on hyperinflation. Specialists may wish to consult Friedrich Achberger, "Die Inflation und die zeitgenossische Literatur," in Aufbruch und Untergang: Osterreichische Kulturzwischen 1918-1938, Franz Kadrnoska, ed. (Vienna: Europa, 1981), pp. 29-42; there are monetary policy themes in Musil, Zweig, and Broch, among others. Hans Fallada too. Is there a monetary theme in H.G. Wells's The Last War?; Wells was a follower of Frederick Soddy. How about from 19th century England? From science fiction? Isn't there mutual banking in Eric Frank Russell?