Atrocity and Amnesia: The Political Novel since 1945

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Oxford University Press, 28 мая 1987 г. - Всего страниц: 272
Working deliberately against the grain of assumptions dominant in the contemporary literary academy, Boyers examines novels by Günter Grass, Gabriel Garcia Márquez, Milan Kundera and others, arguing that it is necessary to speak of character, ethics, and philosophic purpose if one is to understand these works. A penetrating study, Atrocity and Amnesia illuminates some of the major fiction of our time and makes an important contribution to contemporary political thought.

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Rather than presenting a survey, Boyers focuses on certain novels in which political ideas predominate and which display a "capacity to alter the way we think.'' Working with a fluid definition of the ... Читать весь отзыв

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1 Toward a Reading of Political Novels
3
Imagining a Shared Reality
17
From Satire and Society to Politics
31
Political Virtue and the Fiction of Innocence
55
5 The Head of State and the Politics of Eternal Return in Latin America
71
Politics and the Facts of Life
93
Public and Private
121
8 Political Holocaust Fiction
146
Negativity and the Subversion of Paradigms
173
A Letter to Milan Kundera
212
Notes
235
Index
253
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Стр. 36 - The world is what it is; men who are nothing, who allow themselves to become nothing, have no place in it.
Стр. 230 - the basic event" of your novel is "the story of totalitarianism, which deprives people of memory and thus retools them into a nation of children...
Стр. 249 - Afterword: A Talk with The Author," in The Book of Laughter and Forgetting (NY: Penguin, 1981), p. 237. 6. Jose Ortega y Gassett, Meditations on Quixote (NY: WW Norton & Co., 1961), p. 60. 7. Robert Boyers, "Nature and Social Reality in Bellow's Sammler," in R. Boyers, Excursions (Pt. Washington, NY: Kennikat Press, 1977), p. 34. 8. Robert Nisbet, "1984 and the Conservative Imagination," in 1984 Revisited, Irving Howe, ed.
Стр. 55 - Some critics have referred to a strange violent 'seedy' region of the mind (why did I ever popularize that last adjective?) which they call Greeneland, and I have sometimes wondered whether they go round the world blinkered. 'This is Indo-China,' I want to exclaim, 'this is Mexico, this is Sierra Leone carefully and accurately described. I have been a newspaper correspondent as well as a novelist. I assure you the dead child lay in the ditch in just that attitude.
Стр. 113 - Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.
Стр. 4 - ... spirit" of comedy or tragedy, the melodramatic or epic "world view," the pastoral "sensibility" or the satiric "vision" — which is something like the generalized existential experience behind the individual texts. In what follows we will take Frye's work as the richest idiosyncratic elaboration of such an approach, for which genre is essentially apprehended as a mode. The second, syntactic approach to genre, which condemns the semantic option as intuitive and impressionistic...
Стр. 26 - ethical thought projects as permanent features of human "experience," and thus as a kind of "wisdom" about personal life and interpersonal relations, what are in reality the historical and institutional specifics of a determinate type of group solidarity or class cohesion'.

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