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FuturityContemporary Literature and the Quest for the Past$
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Amir Eshel

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226924953

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226924960.001.0001

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To Do Something, to Begin

To Do Something, to Begin

(p.195) 13 To Do Something, to Begin

Amir Eshel

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the following works: Ian McEwan's Black Dogs, J. M. Coetzee's Diary of a Bad Year, Kazuo Ishiguro's When We Were Orphans, and Ian McEwan's Atonement. These works, written twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War, assess the magnitude of the events labeled “1989”.

Keywords:   Ian McEwan, J. M. Coetzee, Kazuo Ishiguro, 1989

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