Netherland and Remainder.

There’s the itch that I just can’t reach… grrrarrhj – ah, wait, there it is! A Remainder post!  It’s been so long!  Zadie Smith on Netherland and Remainder:

From two recent novels, a story emerges about the future for the Anglophone novel. Both are the result of long journeys. Netherland, by Joseph O’Neill, took seven years to write; Remainder, by Tom McCarthy, took seven years to find a mainstream publisher. The two novels are antipodal—indeed one is the strong refusal of the other. The violence of the rejection Remainder represents to a novel like Netherland is, in part, a function of our ailing literary culture. All novels attempt to cut neural routes through the brain, to convince us that down this road the true future of the novel lies. In healthy times, we cut multiple roads, allowing for the possibility of a Jean Genet as surely as a Graham Greene…



One Reply to “Netherland and Remainder.”

  1. Goodness, that is an awfully rich and beefy review. Every time I picked up Netherland, I put it down again because of all the cricket. Every page I turned to had cricket on it. But it seems that maybe I need to actually read it.

    Thanks again for the push to read Remainder — I’ve managed to push a half dozen copies on people at the bookstore.

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