A Temporary Future: The Fiction of David Mitchell by Patrick O'Donnell

By Patrick O'Donnell

Having emerged as one the top modern British writers, David Mitchell is quickly taking his position among British novelists with the gravitas of an Ishiguro or a McEwan.

Written for a large constituency of readers of latest literature, A transitority destiny: The Fiction of David Mitchell explores Mitchell's major concerns-including these of identification, heritage, language, imperialism, youth, the surroundings, and ethnicity-across the six novels released thus far, in addition to his protean skill to write down in a number of and various genres. It locations Mitchell within the culture of Murakami, Sebald, and Rushdie-writers whose works discover narrative in an age of globalization and cosmopolitanism.

Patrick O'Donnell strains the through-lines of Mitchell's paintings from ghostwritten to The Bone Clocks and, with a bankruptcy on all the six novels, charts the evolution of Mitchell's fictional project.

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