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By Samuel Cohen

In this daring publication, Samuel Cohen asserts the literary and ancient significance of the interval among the autumn of the Berlin wall and that of the dual Towers in ny. With fresh readability, he examines six Nineteen Nineties novels and post-9/11 novels that discover the influence of the tip of the chilly struggle: 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 a fan of 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 analogous time, Cohen enters into the theoretical dialogue approximately postmodern historic figuring out. 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 in addition the opposite literary and political “end of heritage” claims positioned forth by means of such theorists as Fredric Jameson and Walter Benn Michaels. In a simple, affecting kind, After the top of History deals us a brand new imaginative and prescient for the features and confines of latest fiction.

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