By Ray Robertson
One among cutting-edge top younger novelists, Ray Robertson is usually one among its ablest critics. it is a number of his such a lot exciting, insightful, debatable, and funniest reports and essays written during the last 5 years. Believing that 'writers have a accountability to assist preserve the psychological hygiene in their time,' Robertson, following within the footsteps of Mordecai Richler and different novelist-critics similar to Anthony Burgess, Kingsley and Martin Amis and John Updike, is on the entrance line of latest literary debate. no matter if castigating the tasteless cabal he refers to as McCanlit, poking enjoyable on the stylish ephemera of highbrow model or arguing for his personal distinctive fictional aesthetic, Robertson pulls no punches and suffers no fools. Divided into 3 sections -- 'Us,' 'Them' and 'Me' - 'Mental Hygiene' gathers jointly either released and formerly unpublished studies of neighborhood and foreign writers in addition to 8 hugely own essays at the craft of fiction and the writing lifestyles in most cases.
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