Books Genre

Noted without (much) comment

Another episode in the “transcends genre” drinking game, from Sunday’s NY Times review of Tom McCarthy’s Remainder:

The subject of identity — how human memory and reality might be manipulated by outside agents — features in countless futuristic books, stories and films, and has been especially popular in the last decade as advances in the visual, auditory and surgical arts have made us increasingly wary of trusting our senses. But McCarthy’s superb stylistic control and uncanny imagination transport this novel beyond the borders of science fiction.

I’m now imagining a wall at the border between Science Fiction and Literary Fiction, not unlike the short section of “peace wall” I saw in Belfast in 2001 — dented, the base of it strewn with chunks of broken brick, the occasional bent bike wheel lying boomeranged on the ground.

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