Novels of the contemporary extreme

Alain-Philippe Durand (Editor), Naomi Mandel (Editor)

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This book investigates a new form of fiction that is currently emerging in contemporary literature across the globe. 'Novels of the contemporary extreme' - from North and South America, from Europe, and the Middle East - are set in a world both similar to and different from our own: a hyper real, often apocalyptic world progressively invaded by popular culture, permeated with technology and dominated by destruction. While their writing is commonly classified as 'hip' or 'underground' literature, authors of contemporary extreme novels have often been the center of public controversy and scandal; they, and their work, become international bestsellers. This collection of essays identifies and describes this international phenomenon, investigating the appeal of these novels' styles and themes, the reasons behind their success, and the fierce debates they provoked
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages178
ISBN (Electronic)0826490883, 128129537X, 1441162135, 1472542673, 1847062644, 1847140394, 9780826490889, 9781847062642, 9781847140395, 9786611295370
StatePublished - 2006

Publication series

NameContinuum literary studies


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