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Out of the Blue: September 11 and the Novel

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Writers have represented 9/11 and its aftermath with varying degrees of success. In Out of the Blue, Kristiaan Versluys focuses on novels that move beyond patriotic clich�s and cheap sensationalism and provide new insights into the emotional and ethical impact of these traumatic events--and what it means to depict them. Versluys focuses on Don DeLillo's Falling Man, Art Sp ...more
Paperback, 226 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Columbia University Press
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Brian
May 26, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this one as research for a writing project of my own. If you can filter and translate the heavy academic, cultural studies rhetoric and technical vocabulary, there are some interesting summaries and interpretations of a dozen or so novels written about or around the 9/11 events. The final paragraph gives a sense of the overall tone and arc of the book (discussing Ian McEwan's "Saturday"):
"Poetry is interruption. In the novel, it interrupts the scene of horror literally. But its typical di
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John Pappas
Jul 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Insightful and incisive commentary on the new "genre" of 9/11 fiction. Can the unquantifiable acts of September 11th be rendered in fiction? Is the novel the perfect place for this kind of reflection and discourse, or should this event be unnamed, a la Weisel's first response to the Holocaust? Like Weisel, the authors discused int his collection of essays on the 9/11 novel do not, can not, remain silent, and explore the terrain of terrorism and tragedy in a unique way. This commentator illustrat ...more
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