Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

September 11 and the Novel

Paperback - 2009
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Writers have represented 9/11 and its aftermath with varying degrees of success. In Out of the Blue , Kristiaan Versluys focuses on novels that move beyond patriotic clich#65533;s and cheap sensationalism and provide new insights into the emotional and ethical impact of these traumatic events--and what it means to depict them. Versluys focuses on Don DeLillo's Falling Man , Art Spiegelman's In the Shadow of No Towers , Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close , Fr#65533;d#65533;ric Beigbeder's Windows on the World , and John Updike's Terrorist . He scrutinizes how these writers affirm the humanity of the disoriented individual, as opposed to the cocksure killer or politician, and retranslate hesitation, stuttering, or stammering into a precarious act of defiance. Versluys also discusses works by Ian McEwan, Anita Shreve, Martin Amis, and Michael Cunningham, arguing for the novel's distinct power in rendering the devastation of 9/11.
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, c2009.
ISBN: 9780231520331
Characteristics: x, 226 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.


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