By Samuel Cohen

In this daring ebook, Samuel Cohen asserts the literary and old value of the interval among the autumn of the Berlin wall and that of the dual Towers in big apple. With fresh readability, he examines six Nineties novels and post-9/11 novels that discover the effect of the top of the chilly warfare: Pynchon's Mason & Dixon, Roth's American Pastoral, Morrison's Paradise, O'Brien's within the Lake of the Woods, Didion's the very last thing He Wanted, Eugenides's Middlesex, Lethem's Fortress of Solitude, and DeLillo's Underworld. Cohen emphasizes how those works reconnect the previous to a gift that's paradoxically partial to denying that connection. Exploring the methods principles approximately paradise and pastoral, distinction and exclusion, innocence and righteousness, triumph and trauma deform the tales american citizens inform themselves approximately their nation’s prior, After the tip of History demanding situations us to reassess those works in a brand new gentle, supplying clean, insightful readings of what are destined to be vintage works of literature.

At an identical time, Cohen enters into the theoretical dialogue approximately postmodern ancient figuring out. Throwing his hat within the ring with strength and magnificence, he confronts not just Francis Fukuyama’s triumphalist reaction to the autumn of the Soviet Union but in addition the opposite literary and political “end of historical past” claims positioned forth via such theorists as Fredric Jameson and Walter Benn Michaels. In a simple, affecting kind, After the top of History bargains us a brand new imaginative and prescient for the services and confines of latest fiction.

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