“I don't really want to write about theory, but it just keeps coming up again and again. It's inescapable.”
Tom McCarthy hasn’t evaded the literary brand: if you continually say nothing, “saying nothing” becomes what you, the novelist, say.
Critiquing the Enlightenment is essential, because there the asylum, prison, and science itself unveil their violent foundations.
Reading Tom McCarthy’s Satin Island, it suddenly occurred to me why his 2005 novel Remainder is so good. It’s not the reason Zadie Smith gave in the New York Review of Books, however important that ...