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Robert A. Heinlein - Between Planets - Whatever reality may be, he will only know it through a glass grotesquely. Other essays on McEwan that I have read tend to use the term "hybrid" more freely than "grotesque," but I believe we are talking about the same textual reality: Richard Pedot, for example, calls it "la perversion des demarcations Claire Pegon's reading of The Innocent stresses its "generic duplicity" and a movement "beyond the bounds of realism into the shifting territory of horror and the grotesque" By grotesque, I shall mean the abrupt juxtaposition or inventive combination of heterogeneous categories: animal, vegetable, mineral, material, spiritual, pleasurable, painful, "tragical-comical-historical-pastoral," etc.

Some may recognize in this a definition of metaphor or of figural language in general. Geoffrey Harpham, for one, does draw close parallels between the grotesque and metaphor: Both metaphor and the grotesque give a dominant impression of unity, though they are manifestly constructed of pieces.

And both operate by means of self-abolishing incongruity. We interpret the metaphor in such a way as to minimize the referentiality of its language, and we interpret the groteseque form, filling in its gaps and reading it as a symbol, or a "sign of the times".

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In both cases, the act of interpretation we perform with all language, and with all images, is intensified to the point where it rises above our threshold of awareness so that we can, as it were, catch ourselves in the act.

Harpham's hypothesis is to see the grotesque "as a sign not of a pure art, nor of an impure art, but of a total conception of an art that recognized its own paradoxical character, both pure and impure, autonomous and dependent, image and mirror" Interestingly, in all McEwan's pages of text, the word grotesque only occurs twice by my count, both times, it so happens, in reference to mothers sites-signs of another kind of conception — in the stories Home Grown and Butterflies — but this is hardly surprising.

After all, when someone shows you their photo albums, you never see a picture of the camera. Then come the two novellas Cement Garden and The Comfort of Strangers, both longer versions of the stories with basically the same range of movement between what Ruskin would call the sportive and the terrible grotesque.

These three are cathedrals, full-blown works of grotesque art. The larger size and the complicated narrative structure of each can induce feelings of startled wonder and admiration, or, in the case of the diehard narratologist, spur on detailed investigations and exhaustive rereading. Of course there is also a fourth group: it includes those texts I have simply not read McEwan's plays, screenplays, and two more recent narrative fictions The Daydreamer and Enduring Love and those he has not yet written.

McEwan is not afraid of repetition. As Burke said of Caldwell, "He seems as contented as a savage to say the same things again and again" According to one's disposition, these repetitive patterns will be more or less pleasing, stimulating, painful, or tedious. If so, then the reader will have to proceed with patience and caution, like a good anthropologist or parent who confronts a foreign reality on a daily basis, exposed barefoot to the world, expecting the unexpected, and prepared, when shit happens, to get dirty.

Emphasizing psychological states by means of skillfully calculated descriptions of physical nature is a recurrent practice.

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In place of the "dark and stormy night," McEwan often chooses the hot summer day. The summer, especially late summer, is particularly favorable it seems, since that is when things arrive at the full extent of their size and ripeness, and may even get out of control like certain freakishly shaped tomatoes or oversized zucchini. Summer is also vacation time. The rule-governed habits of work and school are suspended when one is "on holiday".

During these "vacant, " "holy" days, adults and children are apt to live and think differently, sometimes very differently. McEwan's second favorite season is spring, season of birth and renewal of course, but also, more trickily, the time whose burden it is to overcome the inert, impassive reality of dead winter.

Thus is April the cruelest month as Eliot has taught us; that is, the most indigestible, and therefore it is fitting that the most dramatic and grotesque crisis in The Innocent happens in April.

He likes precision and has a taxonomist's or small child's fastidious mania for detail. This makes perfect sense. After all, simple ideas and categories cannot be inventively scrambled and recombined into new grotesque forms unless they have first been clearly presented to the reader with name, rank, and serial number. Nor is McEwan afraid of being openly playful and sentimental.

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Take McEwan's men and women. Often he will start off from the most basic stereotypes, such as Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus; but then he may cut and paste in surprising ways. This "hybrid" or "grotesque" figure is also usually an orphan of some kind with parents dead, absent, or ineffectual caught up in emotional spirals of mostly unsatisfactory mourning and longing. Moreover, he is the one that McEwan sets up as the Jamesian reflector of consciousness, and it is therefore this figure who operates as the reader's significant other or secret-sharer to the extent that the reader reading also lives detached and alone with his or her own ambivalent thoughts and feelings about everything that happens.

His fictions emit more odors than The Arabian Nights. This also makes grotesque-sense because, as Richard Pedot has noted, les mauvaises odeurs These odors are often complex both in their composition and their effects, including the power to cross the borders of the text and get up the nose of the reader. Though not exactly a part of modern Speech Act theories, these "smelly words" have the power to perform almost magically, conjuring up ghosts of the odors themselves right off the page.

McEwan s catalogue of grotesque smells is truly encyclopedic, a complete enumeration might well go into the hundreds. The reader gets a whiff of everything from "the delicate fecal odor of quality leather" The Child in Time, 63 to "the aroma of butter, vaginal juices, and potatoes" The Innocent, , to, of course in Black Dogs, that which is the special gift of canine olfactory detection, the smell of fear Perhaps the most powerful example of McEwan s deployment of border-crossing bad smells comes in The Innocent where much of the action takes place in a tunnel dug in close proximity to a large septic tank: "Digging through your own shit, that just about sums this business up," says an English tunneler amid outbursts of wry laughter Most of the action in The Innocent takes place either in a tunnel or in the female-lead Maria's grotto-like, upper-story apartment.

In The Innocent the two most striking examples are the abstract nouns freedom and, not surprisingly, innocence, along with their adjective forms free and innocent. Here we come to the sticky, moral-ethical dimension of McEwan's work, a dimension that is more or less explicit in all grotesque creations and their creators. This axiology of the grotesque is something that Ruskin made into the center of his analysis with the provocative terms "noble" and "ignoble" being used to praise or censure different types of grotesque creations.

It may be noted that Ruskin's "noble grotesque" is not far from a certain Romantic conception of the sublime popularized by Schiller. In his study of the grotesque as "ambivalent picturesque," Angus Fletcher cites the following passage from Schiller's essay on the sublime. The feeling of the sublime is a mixed feeling. It is at once a painful state, which in its paroxysm is manifested by a kind of shudder, and a joyous state, that may rise to rapture, and which, without being properly a pleasure, is greatly preferred to every kind of pleasure by delicate souls.

This union of two contrary sensations in one and the same feeling proves, in a peremptory manner, our moral independence. For as it is impossible that the same object should be with us in two opposite relations, so it follows that it is we ourselves who sustain two different relations with the object. It follows that these two opposed natures should be united in us, which, on the idea of this object, are brought into play in two perfectly opposed ways.

By this he seems to mean the tendency of the grotesque artist to set off towards a revaluation of values in some apparently radical way, and yet at the end of the day he will come back in earnest "to see that we and he take the right side on matters of social justice" [], , Burke wonders about this born-again resurgence of moral righteousness: [Caldwell's] emphasis upon the playful scrambling of the old proprieties abates: instead of the humorist's refusal, as shown in his earlier zeal to garble the conventions, we get a sober assertion of positive values.

He does not merely act to outrage an old perspective by throwing its orders of right and wrong into disarray: he subscribes to an alternative perspective, with positive rights and wrongs of its own, and with definite indications as to what form he wants our sympathies and antagonisms to take. Incidentally, this development suggests the ways in which a motivation essentially nonpolitical or noneconomic can be harnessed in the service of political or economic criticism.

Is he or someone else using his grotesque productions to serve some political or economic project? McEwan's grotesques possess the "edgy" quality common to several contemporary writers.

They tend to be successful among educated, bourgeois, New Yorker-type readers who can accept "unblinking gruesomeness" so long as it comes with "philosophical suspense," preferably in the form of a "leisurely and expansive meditation" blurb-copy from the Bantam and Picador editions of The Innocent and Black Dogs respectively. One can notice that McEwan's publishers often use ingredients taken from literary journalists and follow a recipe from I Corinthians 13 to create a delicate vinaigrette.

It presents the author as a man who thought as a child but has put away childish things, standing now "unsurpassed for his responsive, responsible humanity".

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The official McEwan story traces a line from innocence to experience that would understand the ignoble grotesque productions of his wilder youth as the price to be paid for the masterful control and wisdom of the mature writer, husband, and father of four.

However, one may ask if the narrative fictions themselves contain or permit such allegories of healthy, wealthy, and wise transformation.

It is merely to invoke a common humanity which I hope would be shared by all religions as well as all non-believers. In , McEwan was among more than , signatories of a petition to support Italian journalist Roberto Saviano who received multiple death threats and was placed in police protection after exposing the Mafia -like crime syndicate , Camorra , in his book Gomorrah.

McEwan said he hoped the petition would help "galvanize" the Italian police into taking seriously the "fundamental matter of civil rights and free speech". McEwan also personally attended a protest in Sheikh Jarrah against the expansion of Israeli settlements.

I say this in the context of thinking it is profoundly wrong of the Israeli government not to be pursuing more actively and positively and creatively a solution with the Palestinians.

That's why I think one wants to go to these places to make the point. Turning away will not produce any result. There were voices, particularly on the left, that thought anyone who criticised Islamism was really criticising Islam and therefore racist. Well, those voices have gone quiet because the local atrocities committed by Islamists whether in Pakistan or Mali is so self-evidently vile. McEwan is traditionally a Labour supporter and said he had his "fingers crossed" that Miliband would become Prime Minister.

Unless this summer is just a bad dream", published on 9 July Or about to be, as soon as your new leader is chosen. The country you live in, the parliamentary democracy that ruled it, for good or bad, has been trumped by a plebiscite of dubious purpose and unacknowledged status.

From our agriculture to our science and our universities, from our law to our international relations to our commerce and trade and politics, and who and what we are in the world — all is up for a curious, unequal renegotiation with our European neighbours. In May , speaking at a London conference on Brexit, apparently referring to what he believed to be the older demographic of leave voters, McEwan stated that 'one and a half million oldsters freshly in their graves' would result in a putative second referendum returning a 'remain' outcome.

He met the English undergraduate Allen in the s, while both were at the University of East Anglia; she was divorced and had two daughters. I tried to accommodate it", McEwan said in Allen ended the marriage because she was frustrated by McEwan's "glitterati" associations, and the dissolution of the marriage was followed by a custody dispute over their two teenage sons. The judge at the Oxford hearing had referred to Allen's "vitriolic campaign" against her ex-husband, and also commented: "When thwarted by him [McEwan] or others she has not hesitated to make trouble - witness her 'press releases' in various articles in the press earlier this year [].

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