Alan Burns

(b. 1929)

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(1929– ),

English novelist, born in London, also a lecturer in creative writing. His work is marked by a commitment to experimental narrative, with techniques encompassing surrealism and the use of ‘found conversation’. His novel Europe After the Rain (1965) is a challenging narrative set in a future Europe devastated by catastrophic war. The prose is abrupt and austere, the mood one of isolation and horror. Other novels include The Day Daddy Died (1981), which is more traditional but retains a subversive edge, and Revolutions of the Night (1986).

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards).

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