For years and through a series of extraordinary books, John Lanchester has looked at some of what is front and center in modern, Western urban centers, looked at what is fraught, with class, with power, with appetite - and given it a brilliant fictional rendering. Such books at Capital and The Debt to Pleasure speak to this, as do non-fiction works such a I.O.U. He is here tonight with the timeliest of novels, The Wall (W.W. Norton).
“A dystopian distillation of our troubled times and an allegorical glimpse at a still-grimmer future, The Wall reminds us that even as politics corrupts and destroys, the soul erupts in surprising places to act as counterpoint and resistance. This patient, direct, suspenseful novel is one such eruption, and a civilizing comfort amid the simmering bloodlust.” — Joshua Ferris.
Co-presented with the TOWN HALL INSIDE/OUT ARTS Series.
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