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Politics and literature at the turn of the millenium

Author: Michael Keren
Publisher: Calgary, Alberta : University of Calgary Press, 2015.
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"This book shows how important insights about genocide, poverty, state violence, world terrorism, the clash of civilizations, and other phenomena haunting the world at the turn of the millennium can be derived from contemporary novels. Keren demonstrates ways in which fictional literature can provide new perspectives on the complexities and contingencies of contemporary politics. His fresh readings of well-known  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Alberta author
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Keren, Michael.
Politics and literature at the turn of the millenium
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Keren
ISBN: 9781552388013 1552388018 9781552387993 1552387992
OCLC Number: 909085422
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: 1. Politics and literature --
2. The "original position" in José Saramago's Blindness --
3. Absurdity and revolt in Cormac McCarthy's The road --
4. The bystander's tale : Gil Courtemanche's A Sunday at the pool in Kigali --
5. Fiction and the study of slums : Anosh Irani's The cripple and his talismans --
6. Narrative and memory in Haruki Murakami's Kafka on the shore, Günter Grass's Crabwalk and André Brink's The rights of desire --
7. The politics of victimhood in John Le Carré's Absolute friends --
8. The quest for identity in Sayed Kashua's Let it be morning --
9. Political escapism in contemporary Israel : David Grossman's To the end of the land --
10. Body and mind in Margaret Atwood's Oryx and crake --
11. A Canadian alternative to the clash of civilizations : Yann Martel's Life of Pi.
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"This book shows how important insights about genocide, poverty, state violence, world terrorism, the clash of civilizations, and other phenomena haunting the world at the turn of the millennium can be derived from contemporary novels. Keren demonstrates ways in which fictional literature can provide new perspectives on the complexities and contingencies of contemporary politics. His fresh readings of well-known novels will be valuable not only for political scientists but also for anyone interested in current affairs who reads fiction but is not always aware of its power to provide enlightenment on world issues. Works by José Saramago, Cormac McCarthy, Anosh Irani, John Le Carré, and Yann Martel, among others, are studied."--

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