Anita Brookner World Literature Analysis - Essay

Anita Brookner World Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Brookner has acknowledged that The Debut is autobiographical and that her novels taken together are sometimes seen as a massive work of self-analysis. Her intelligent and lonely heroines are often considered to be versions of Brookner herself. There is a recognizable Brookner woman and Brookner world.

Her novels are told in the present; flashbacks transport the reader to a character’s youth and give a family’s history. Brookner often employs suspense. In Hotel du Lac, the reader does not find out why Edith left England until halfway through the novel; at the beginning of Fraud, Anna has mysteriously disappeared and does not surface for several chapters. Although most of Brookner’s novels...

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