By Michael Cunningham
From Michael Cunningham, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of The Hours, comes this broadly praised novel of 2 boyhood buddies: Jonathan, lonely, introspective, and uncertain of himself; and Bobby, hip, darkish, and inarticulate. In ny after university, Bobby strikes in with Jonathan and his roommate, Clare, a veteran of the city's erotic wars. Bobby and Clare fall in love, scuttling the plans of Jonathan, who's homosexual, to father Clare's baby. Then, whilst Clare and Bobby have a toddler, the 3 stream to a small residence upstate to elevate "their" baby jointly and, with a strange pal, Alice, create a brand new type of relations. A domestic on the finish of the World masterfully depicts the charged, fragile relationships of city lifestyles today.
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This was the great realization leading to Cassiodorus’s understanding of the monastic mission in sixth-century Europe. While materialization in this sense signiﬁcantly reinforces a tradition’s survival, it permits or even calls for intricate institutionalization. In giving a transhistorical existence to tradition, material inscriptions simultaneously establish an unbridgeable gap between the moment of writing and later moments claiming that tradition as its own. Thus interpretations—also written—emerge to appropriate the matter of tradition, “betray” it, even as they themselves outlive the moment of their production and become subject to the same processes.
I Founding Matters Founding Matters Hegemony of the Vernacular 1 Hegemony of the Vernacular Seemingly unleashed at the end of the nineteenth century, and having plowed through the twentieth century, the forces of technological transformation have swept away or disrupted epochs of mental and physical habits. In the realm of culture, or symbolic production, the consequences have been disintegrating, liberating, and unmanageable. From the perspective of literary and historical understanding, which since the onset of modernity has been intertwined with notions of political identity, the twentieth century was not merely a period of transition but constitutes a rupture with past knowledge production.
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A Home at the End of the World: A Novel by Michael Cunningham