By Samuel Cohen

In this daring booklet, Samuel Cohen asserts the literary and historic 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 influence of the top of the chilly conflict: Pynchon's Mason & Dixon, Roth's American Pastoral, Morrison's Paradise, O'Brien's In 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 rules approximately paradise and pastoral, distinction and exclusion, innocence and righteousness, triumph and trauma deform the tales americans inform themselves approximately their nation’s prior, After the top of History demanding situations us to think again those works in a brand new mild, providing clean, insightful readings of what are destined to be vintage works of literature.

At an analogous time, Cohen enters into the theoretical dialogue approximately postmodern old realizing. Throwing his hat within the ring with strength and elegance, he confronts not just Francis Fukuyama’s triumphalist reaction to the autumn of the Soviet Union but additionally the opposite literary and political “end of background” claims placed forth by means of such theorists as Fredric Jameson and Walter Benn Michaels. In an easy, affecting sort, After the tip of History bargains us a brand new imaginative and prescient for the features and confines of latest fiction.

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