Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 148
Weight: 339 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 12 mm
-David Rosman, New York Journal of Books
A contentious and well-informed appraisal of four major novelists, whose work deals with the central problems of our times, this clearly-written and clear-headed book is an excellent and timely analysis of the fraught intersections between contemporary fiction, religion, politics and thought. It should be read by all those with an interest in contemporary fiction.
In comparison to the endless paeans of praise figures such as McEwan, Rushdie and Amis regularly receive, what we have here is an intelligent, critical and highly original re-reading of their work. Probably the most unsettling aspect of this startling book is the suggestion that some of the most central figures in contemporary British literature embody a profound Neo-Conservatism, one which - through its admiration of a rabid 'New Atheism' and a rage against all things Islamic - finds itself in wholesale agreement with the main tenets of the 'War on Terror' . . . I don't think I'll ever read McEwan or Amis quite as innocently again.