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By Samuel Cohen

In this daring e-book, Samuel Cohen asserts the literary and ancient value of the interval among the autumn of the Berlin wall and that of the dual Towers in long island. With clean readability, he examines six Nineteen Nineties novels and post-9/11 novels that discover the effect of the top of the chilly battle: 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 a fan of denying that connection. Exploring the methods rules 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 re-examine those works in a brand new mild, supplying clean, insightful readings of what are destined to be vintage works of literature.

At a similar time, Cohen enters into the theoretical dialogue approximately postmodern historic 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 historical past” claims placed forth by way of such theorists as Fredric Jameson and Walter Benn Michaels. In a simple, affecting type, After the top of History bargains us a brand new imaginative and prescient for the functions and confines of latest fiction.

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