Atrocity and Amnesia
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Atrocity and Amnesia : The Political Novel since 1945

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Working deliberately against the grain of assumptions dominant in the contemporary literary academy, Boyers examines novels by Gunter 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.show more

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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 136.4 x 201.4 x 14.5mm | 253.8g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0195050827
  • 9780195050820
  • 2,039,301

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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 *show more

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In this penetrating study, Boyers not only illuminates some of the major novels of our time, but makes an important contribution to contemporary political thought.show more

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