Finally! Stephen Mitchelmore gives Gabriel Josipovici's superb What Ever Happened to Modernism? the review it deserves:
The title of this book is a question asked by a professor of English and
answered by a practising novelist. Apart from Milan Kundera, no other
living writer has engaged with modern fiction with such depth of
learning and lightness of touch. I have been reading Gabriel
Josipovici's fiction and non-fiction for over twenty years but little
prepared me for the sustained focus and force of this remarkable book.
Until now his literary critical works have been collections of essays,
even his book on the bible, The Book of God,
is a series of discrete essays. Given this back catalogue which
includes the lectures given at UCL and Oxford University, it's
predicatable that the new book has been characterised by some as an
academic treatise rather than an accessible essay in the classic sense.
The deceit needs to be countered not only because it is wrong but
because it also confirms Josipovici's verdict on English literary culture as "narrow, provincial and smug". This can be demonstrated by bitter and dishonest reactions, as well as some more respectful if condescending assessments (more...)