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Out of the Blue Kristiaan Versluys

Out of the Blue

Kristiaan Versluys

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ISBN : 9780231520331
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202 pages
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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 andMoreWriters 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& mdash-and what it means to depict them. Versluys focuses on Don DeLillos Falling Man, Art Spiegelmans In the Shadow of No Towers, Jonathan Safran Foers Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Fr d ric Beigbeders Windows on the World, and John Updikes Terrorist. He scrutinizes how these writers affirm the humanity of the disoriented individual, as opposed to the cocksure killer or politician, and retranslate hesitation, stuttering, or stammering into a precarious act of defiance. Versluys also discusses works by Ian McEwan, Anita Shreve, Martin Amis, and Michael Cunningham, arguing for the novels distinct power in rendering the devastation of 9/11.