Friday, July 30, 2010

'Rushdie, McEwan, Barnes arrogant and disappointing'

Salman Rushdie, British author of Indian-origin, and his contemporaries like Ian McEwan and Julian Barnes are like prep-school boys, arrogant, self-satisfied and 'profoundly disappointing', a leading literature expert has said.

Gabriel Josipovici, research professor at Sussex University and former professor of comparative literature at Oxford, has condemned the work of 'giants of the modern English novel' as 'hollow', saying they were virtually indistinguishable from one another in scope and ambition, the Guardian reported.

Josipovici said 'their mantelpieces might creak under the collective weight of literary gongs' but Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan and Julian Barnes are unworthy of the accolades they receive.

Full report here Sify

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