Reading the 21st Century

Reading the 21st Century

Books of the Decade, 2000-2009

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"The first decade of the twenty-first century was noteworthy for war, terror, religious revival, economic collapse, and a technological revolution that prompted countless critical responses and gave rise to a paradox: writing flourished, but reading declined. Reading the 21st Century investigates the urgent themes, major works, and crisis of reading in an era of instant communication. In wide-ranging and innovative criticism, Stan Persky examines international non-fiction and fiction to engage with both the triumphs and tensions of reading and writing today. Evaluating works by established authors Philip Roth, Orhan Pamuk, J.M. Coetzee, and José Saramago, as well as emerging writers like Naomi Klein, Javier Cercas, and Chimamanda Adichie, Persky also showcases a remarkable group of reporters - Steve Coll, Dexter Filkins, and Rajiv Chandrasekaran - who have written essential books about global issues. An illuminating and accessible work about the present age, Reading the 21st Century introduces new ways of thinking about the world's most significant cultural, political, and moral problems."--Publisher's website.
Publisher: Montreal [Québec] ;, Ithaca [N.Y.] :, McGill-Queen's University Press,, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780773539099
Branch Call Number: 011.73 PE
Characteristics: xvii, 278 pages ; 24 cm


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Aug 06, 2013

There are many interesting reads, both fiction and non-fiction, included in these reviews & comments. I found myself wondering by about the half-way point, if any women had written books between 2000-2009; eventually, in the last chapter, he mentions 2. Hmmm.


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