James Wood: Afterlives, 14 April 2011
Show More After Lives: A Guide to Heaven, Hell and Purgatory by John Casey.
Oxford, 468 pp., £22.50, January 2010, 978 0 19 509295 0Show More
“... here of Dostoevsky, Rilke, Kafka, Bataille, Patrick White, Beckett, Nabokov, Bellow, Spark, Marilynne Robinson, Saramago or Coetzee (whose novel Diary of a Bad Year has several paragraphs on the afterlife). Nabokov’s work is shot through with a persistent mysticism; in Pnin, the author imagines the dead watching us as ‘a democracy of ...”