The End of the Matter: Reemergence of Apocalyptic in the Contemporary Novel

Cordell Strug

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 1/1/1984

Issue: 1984 (Vol. 4, No 1, Winter, 1984)

It seems to me that there has been a re-emergence of this fusion in some serious contemporary works of art, a fusion which far transcends either simple prediction or savage violence and really rediscovers a nerve of response to social pressures which was at the heart of a book like Daniel. The last few years have produced the interesting phenomenon of three writers who made their reputations with novels of social realism—works with explicitly political themes searching for avenues of action in the present—all forsaking the realistic novel to write works of fantasy with apocalyptic overtones.

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