Penitential Realism?

It's been almost fourteen years since James Wood warned us about "hysterical realism," presumably the major novelistic mode of the late twentieth century.  According to Wood, it is a mode devoted to information, coincidence, captial-P Politics, various forms of irrealism (caricature, fantasy, metafiction), and a breathlessness of tone: Rushdie, DeLillo, Pynchon, Wallace, etc. We're well … Continue reading Penitential Realism?

Deborah Levy, Swimming Home

The brief and intense novel Swimming Home, shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize, promises to make Deborah Levy's name in America: it was so in-demand that I had to wait almost a year before it became available through the public library's request system.  Had I known what a great novel it was, I would … Continue reading Deborah Levy, Swimming Home