The Sense of an Ending: Studies in the Theory of Fiction (with a New Epilogue)

The Sense of an Ending: Studies in the Theory of Fiction (with a New Epilogue)

Frank Kermode


Frank Kermode is one among our such a lot distinctive critics of English literature. right here, he contributes a brand new epilogue to his number of vintage lectures at the dating of fiction to age-old recommendations of apocalyptic chaos and challenge. caused by way of the procedure of the millennium, he revisits the publication which brings his hugely focused insights to endure on probably the most unyielding philosophical and aesthetic enigmas. interpreting the works of writers from Plato to William Burrows, Kermode exhibits how they've got many times imposed their "fictions" upon the face of eternity and the way those have mirrored the apocalyptic spirit. Kermode then discusses literature at a time whilst new fictive causes, as utilized by Spenser and Shakespeare, have been being devised to slot an international of doubtful starting and finish. He is going directly to deal perceptively with smooth literature with "traditionalists" comparable to Yeats, Eliot, and Joyce, in addition to modern "schismatics," the French "new novelists," and such seminal figures as Jean-Paul Sartre and Samuel Beckett. no matter if weighing the adaptation among glossy and prior modes of apocalyptic notion, contemplating the degeneration of fiction into delusion, or commenting at the fashion of the Absurd, Kermode is tremendously lucid, persuasive, witty, and prodigal of ideas.

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