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By Petr Chalupský

ISBN-10: 802463161X

ISBN-13: 9788024631615

Peter Ackroyd’s writing is passionate about the defining heterogeneity of London—its wealthy range of human event, temper, and emotion, of activities and occasions, and of the instruments wherein all of this heterogeneity is represented and reenacted. yet for Ackroyd, one of many top-rated of the so-called “London writers,” this energizing heterogeneity additionally has a sinister aspect, principally originating outdoors social norms and mainstream pathways of cultural creation. bearing on every thing from occult practices to the plotting of radical teams, crime and fraud, doubtful clinical experiments, and renowned, dramatic sorts of ritual and leisure, Ackroyd contends that those forces either contest prescribed cultural modes and provide town with its attribute dynamism and skill for non secular renewal.

This idiosyncratic London build is especially sought after in Ackroyd’s novels, during which his rules in regards to the city’s nature and his connection to English literary sensibilities mix to create a unique chronotope with its personal spatial and temporal houses. A Horror and a Beauty explores this global via six defining points of town as Ackroyd identifies them: the connection among London’s previous and current, its uncanny manifestations, its felonious traits, its population’ psychogeographic and antiquarian concepts, its theatricality, and its inherently literary character.

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