‘Beyond Belief’: McEwan, DeLillo and <i>110 Stories</i>

Martin Randall

in 9/11 and the Literature of Terror

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780748638529
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651825 | DOI:
‘Beyond Belief’: McEwan, DeLillo and 110 Stories

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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

Chapter.  11604 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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