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- DescriptionGraham Swift is among the foremost contemporary British writers, having published seven highly acclaimed vels which are widely read by students and general public alike. Waterland has become a modern classic and Last Orders won the Booker Prize in 1996. This study covers all of his vels to date (including his latest, The Light of Day) and is the first critical mograph on him to appear so far. It offers a close reading of each vel, exploring their invative formal strategies and identifying such recurrent themes as the presence of the past in the present, the blurring of distinctions between 'history' and 'story', fact and fiction, and the possibilities of redemption in a contemporary social and emotional wasteland. For the most part set in an urban, middle class, claustrophobic and loveless 'present', and focused on usually fraught relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children, these recognisably 'postmodern' vels are seen here as symptomatic of contemporary Britain: a world where, in the shadow of nuclear holocaust, we approach 'the End of History' and only 'telling stories' seems to offer solace.
- Author(s)Peter Widdowson
- PublisherNorthcote House Publishers Ltd
- Date of Publication31/12/2005
- SubjectLiterary Studies: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Series TitleWriters & Their Work S.
- Place of PublicationTavistock
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintNorthcote House Publishers Ltd
- Content Note1 port.
- Width135 mm
- Height216 mm
- Edition StatementNew edition
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