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The Novel

Language and Narrative from Cervantes to Calvino

  • Authors
  • The author is a major contemporary novelist. Internationally acclaimed, he has been shortlisted twice for the Booker Prize for An Instant in the Wind (976) and Rumours of Rain (978). The film of his fierce, antiapartheid novel A Dry White Season stars Donald Sutherland, Janet Suzman and Marlon Brando (last shown BBC, 7 July 997)
    A highly original reading of this major literary form by a master of the novelist's craft
    An accessible analysis of the use of language and narrative, relating the modern and postmodern novel to its eighteenthcentury roots
    Discusses a wide range of classic novels, from Cervantes to Kafka to A.S.Byatt, central to the study and understanding of European literature today

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. André Brink
    Pages 1-19
  3. André Brink
    Pages 20-45
  4. André Brink
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  5. André Brink
    Pages 65-85
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  18. Back Matter
    Pages 330-373

About this book


The Postmodernist novel has become famous for the extremes of its narcissistic involvement with language. In this challenging and wide-ranging new study, André Brink argues that this self-consciousness has been a characteristic of the novel since its earliest stirrings. More specifically, every novel appears both to construct, and to be constructed by, its own notion of language, elaborated through all the strategies of narrative. Taking as his starting point 'the propensity for story' embedded in language, he offers stimulating new readings of novels from Cervantes to Calvino, demonstrating that in many respects the old familiar texts may be more startlingly modern, and the Postmodernist texts more firmly rooted in convention, than we tend to think.


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