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The Global Novel: Writing the World in the 21st Century

The Global Novel: Writing the World in the 21st Century (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Kirsch, Adam

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What will 21st century fiction look like?Acclaimed literary critic Adam Kirsch examines some of our most beloved writers, including Haruki Murakami, Elena Ferrante, Roberto Bolano, and Margaret Atwood, to better understand literature in the age of globalization.

ISBN 9780997722901
Barcode 9780997722901
Published 25 April 2017
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ISBN-13 9780997722901
ISBN-10 0997722908
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher unlisted
Imprint Columbia Global Reports
Publication Date 25 April 2017
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Kirsch, Adam
Category Literary Studies: From C 1900 -
Novels, Other Prose & Writers
Number of Pages 105
Dimensions Width: 127mm
Height: 191mm
Spine: 10mm
Weight 159g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Essays, Literature, Modern - 21st century - History and criticism, Globalization in literature
NBS Text Literary Criticism
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 808.0427
Catalogue Code 765102

Description of this Book

Global literature was hailed by Goethe as long ago as 1827, when he announced, National literature is now a meaningless term; the epoch of world literature is at hand, and everyone must strive to hasten its approach. Yet almost two hundred years later, the notion of global literature remains surprisingly elusive. At a time when many other aspects of culture and society have been effectively globalized, from finance to the visual arts, it is an open question whether literature can or should follow the same path. Is there such a thing as world literature and what are the ways of imagining the global fiction? Poet and literary critic Adam Kirsch goes in search of the global novel in the 21st century, paying tribute to Orhan Pamuk, Haruki Murakami, Roberto Bolano, Margaret Atwood, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Michel Houellebecq, Mohsin Hamid, and Elena Ferrante.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review A critical appreciation of 'world literature, ' highlighting works that combine specifics of locality with global reach....Kirsch is shrewd on what he terms 'a new genre of English-language fiction...call it migrant literature, ' which is less about an immigrant's arrival than a transitional passage, one that reinforces the notion of globalization in novels whose cultural roots are tougher to untangle. An insightful addition to the Columbia Global Reports roster. -- <i>Kirkus Reviews</i>
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Adam Kirsch is the author of three books of poems and several books of criticism and biography, including most recently The People and the Books: 18 Classics of Jewish Literature (W.W. Norton). His essays and reviews appear regularly in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, Tablet, and other publications. He is director of the M.A. program in Jewish Studies at Columbia University and lives in New York City.

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