The International Novel

The International Novel

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Annabel Patterson here turns her well-known concern with political history in early modern England into an engine for investigating our own era and a much wider terrain. The focus of this book is, broadly, nationalism and internationalism today, approached not theoretically but through the lens of fiction. Novels are uniquely capable of dealing with abstract problems by embodying them in the experience of persons, thereby rendering them more a€œreal.a€ Patterson takes twelve novels from (almost) all over the world: India, Africa, Turkey, Crete, the Balkans, Palestine, Afghanistan, South America, and Mexico, novels which illustrate the dire effects of some of the following: imperialism, partition, annexation, ethnic and religious strife, boundaries redrawn by aggression, the virus of dictatorships, the vulnerability of small countries, and the meddling of the Great Powers. All are highly instructive, and excellent reads.By spring 2013, the date of Filkinsa#39;s essay, it was possible to see that intervention as having achieved almost nothing of permanence. Under Hamid Karzai, there is as ... Suns has two plots. One 224 HOSSEINI, A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS.

Title:The International Novel
Author:Annabel Patterson
Publisher:Yale University Press - 2014-09-30


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