Ian McEwan World Literature Analysis - Essay

Ian McEwan World Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Much of McEwan’s early career was shaped by the stories he wrote while a student of the British novelist Malcolm Bradbury. McEwan’s interest in the grotesque and perverse encouraged reviewers and critics to dub him “Mr. Macabre.” In “Solid Geometry,” for example, a man keeps a pickled penis in a jar on his desk, and in “Homemade,” an adolescent loses his virginity with his ten-year-old sister. The publisher Secker and Warburg encouraged him to expand “Homemade” into a novel, and there are similarities between the story and McEwan’s first novel, The Cement Garden, a macabre tale of children who bury their widowed mother’s corpse in the cellar. In his later work, McEwan’s attraction to the macabre...

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