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9/11 and the Literature of Terror$
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Martin Randall

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748638529

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638529.001.0001

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‘Beyond Belief’: McEwan, DeLillo and 110 Stories

‘Beyond Belief’: McEwan, DeLillo and 110 Stories

(p.19) Chapter 1 ‘Beyond Belief’: McEwan, DeLillo and 110 Stories
9/11 and the Literature of Terror

Martin Randall

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses Ian McEwan's Beyond Belief, and the novelists' initial responses to the events of 9/11. 110 Stories: New York Writes after September 11 and Don DeLillo's ‘In the Ruins of the Future’ are also studied in this chapter. These three works are good examples of the early literary responses to 9/11. The chapter concludes that one can discern a development from McEwan's and DeLillo's impassioned and politically intemperate essays, to the more personal and mournful work in 110 Stories, and that geographical and temporal proximity play a major part in the ways writers approached the subject.

Keywords:   Ian McEwan, Don DeLillo, 110 Stories, early literary responses, geographical proximity, temporal proximity

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