"Peter Kemp has held the torch for fiction over many years--scrupulous, devoted to his favourite authors, and insightful about emerging talent." - Edna O'Brien
The essential companion for lovers of the contemporary novel
Over the past fifty years, fiction in English has never looked more various. Books bulkier than Victorian three-deckers appear alongside works of minimalist brevity, and experiments with form have produced everything from verse novels to Twitter-thread narratives. This is truly a golden age. But what unites this kaleidoscopic array of genres and styles?
Celebrated writer and critic Peter Kemp shows how modern writers are obsessed with the past. In a series of engaging and illuminating chapters, Retroland traces this novelistic preoccupation with history, from the imperial and the political to the personal and the literary.
Featuring famous names from across the United Kingdom, United States, and the wider Anglophone world, ranging from Salman Rushdie to Sarah Waters, Toni Morrison to Hilary Mantel, this is a work of remarkable synthesis and clarity ― a wonderfully readable and enjoyably opinionated guide to our current literary landscape.
"An exhilarating gallop across the landscape of recent English-language fiction. You may not share all of Peter Kemp's trans-genre enthusiasms, but you will certainly be awed by his omnivorous appetite and will come away with at least a dozen books you are now itching to read." - Sebastian Faulks
"No one knows more about fiction over the last 50 years than Peter Kemp. He has been a fearless and fiercely knowledgeable and entertaining critic for decades, and in this fascinating book he offers a completely original take on the modern novel--one that will completely change how we think about what we all have been reading." - Andrew Holgate
Retroland A Reader's Guide to the Dazzling Diversity of Modern Fiction
Hardback (04 Jul 2023)
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