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Atrocity and Amnesia : The Political Novel since 1945 - Robert Boyers

Atrocity and Amnesia

The Political Novel since 1945

Paperback Published: 28th May 1987
ISBN: 9780195050820
Number Of Pages: 268

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Working deliberately against the grain of assumptions dominant in the contemporary literary academy, Boyers examines novels by GA1/4nter Grass, Gabriel Garcia MArquez, Milan Kundera and others, arguing that it is necessary to speak of character, ethics, and philosophic purpose if one is to understand these works. A penetrating study, Atrocity and Amnesia illuminates some of the major fiction of our time and makes an important contribution to contemporary political thought.

"A rara avis in modern literary academia....It speaks well for both Boyers' critical intelligence and his integrity that he never uses simplistic labels...as a basis for his aesthetic judgment. He evaluates not the writer's views, but the literary use he makes of them....The strength of his book lies in his approach to each writer, regardless of his or her particular views."--Stanislaw Baranczak, The New Republic "An important book...Even his detractors will not read such disparate novels as Greene's The Quiet American or Solzhenitsyn's The First Circle in quite the same way again. This, as much as anything else, is what 'critical authority' finally means."--The Georgia Review "Boyers has written a compelling study, one that convincingly demonstrates that the political novel is a category that is not only worth our consideration but is essential to any intelligent, imaginative reflection on politics in the modern world."--Southern Humanities Review "Boyers lays hold on political narrative and makes brilliant sense of writers as different as Nadine Gordimer, V.S. Naipaul, and Milan Kundera. The result is elegant...[and] indispensable to further thinking about politics and literature."--Terrence Des Pres "Stimulating reading for those interested in the ways in which a writer may purposely encapsulate or intermesh ideological positions within the imaginative framework of a novel."--Centennial Review "A rara avis in modern literary academia....It speaks well for both Boyers' critical intelligence and his integrity that he never uses simplistic labels...as a basis for his aesthetic judgment. He evaluates not the writer's views, but the literary use he makes of them....The strength of his book lies in his approach to each writer, regardless of his or her particular views."--Stanislaw Baranczak, The New Republic "An important book...Even his detractors will not read such disparate novels as Greene's The Quiet American or Solzhenitsyn's The First Circle in quite the same way again. This, as much as anything else, is what 'critical authority' finally means."--The Georgia Review "Boyers has written a compelling study, one that convincingly demonstrates that the political novel is a category that is not only worth our consideration but is essential to any intelligent, imaginative reflection on politics in the modern world."--Southern Humanities Review "Boyers lays hold on political narrative and makes brilliant sense of writers as different as Nadine Gordimer, V.S. Naipaul, and Milan Kundera. The result is elegant...[and] indispensable to further thinking about politics and literature."--Terrence Des Pres "Stimulating reading for those interested in the ways in which a writer may purposely encapsulate or intermesh ideological positions within the imaginative framework of a novel."--Centennial Review

Toward a Reading of Political Novelsp. 3
Time, Presence, Ethics: Imagining a Shared Realityp. 17
V. S. Naipaul: From Satire and Society to Politicsp. 31
Graham Greene: Political Virtue and the Fiction of Innocencep. 55
The Head of State and the Politics of Eternal Return in Latin Americap. 71
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: Politics and the Facts of Lifep. 93
Nadine Gordimer: Public and Privatep. 121
Political Holocaust Fictionp. 146
G√ľnter Grass: Negativity and the Subversion of Paradigmsp. 173
Between East and West: A Letter to Milan Kunderap. 212
Notesp. 235
Indexp. 253
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ISBN: 9780195050820
ISBN-10: 0195050827
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 28th May 1987
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.14 x 13.64  x 1.45
Weight (kg): 0.23