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In this bold book, Samuel Cohen asserts the literary and historical importance of the period between the fall of the Berlin wall and that of the Twin Towers in New York. Cohen emphasizes how these works reconnect the past to a present that is ironically keen on denying that connection. At the same time, Cohen enters into the theoretical discussion about postmodern historical understanding. In a straightforward, affecting style, After the End of History offers us a new vision for the capabilities and confines of contemporary fiction.

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Sort order. Jun 20, Jonathan McKay rated it really liked it. This is a v. As such, it follows the central Americanist trend of taking a period of literature, however recent, and historicizing it. This is pretty effective in Cohen's more skeptical treatment of trauma theory, which I think is generally now more critically applie This is a v. Jenny Hartley rated it liked it Nov 30, Steven rated it it was amazing Mar 01, Tineke Dijkstra rated it really liked it May 25, Mobutu2 rated it liked it Oct 19, Junior Junior rated it really liked it Feb 09, Mike rated it it was amazing May 27, Jordan rated it it was amazing Jan 28, David Hernandez rated it it was amazing Oct 30, Andy Duverneau rated it liked it Feb 23, Chiranjeevi Narne rated it it was amazing Jan 21, Gregory rated it it was amazing Jan 01, Caroline rated it liked it Apr 15, Brian rated it really liked it May 04, Isabelle finds herself drawn to the soldier despite the brutality that surrounds them, and over the years that follow, must reconcile herself to the choices she made during the war.

Isabelle is based on a real woman, Andree de Jongh, who helped the Allies escape from Nazi-occupied territory. Outlander , by Diana Gabaldon If you could prevent one of the greatest massacres of human history, would you? Claire survived one war, a war she could not change…and when she falls for Jamie Fraser, she realizes she will do anything—even risk the present, and the man she left behind—to change it. The White Queen , by Philippa Gregory The War of the Roses takes center stage in the story of Elizabeth of York, who marries Edward of Lancaster, ending a familial battle…but starting another, as the Tudors conspire to remove her husband from the throne.

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A sweeping romance with well-researched, if slightly embellished, history. Dick A chilling question is answered in this speculative novel about what would have happened if Hitler and the Japanese had won World War II. One girl is caught at the center of the conflict when she sees a mysterious tape that shows an alternate reality…. That is, until he became an enemy. Utilizing art, biblical lore, and the famous men and women of history, this novel has entranced readers by unraveling a mystery that, if you look close enough, could be more truth than fiction.

Finding herself in love but vastly unprepared for the costs of ruling, Sisi must constantly weigh her loyalties to herself, her family, and the man she loves. This historical YA novel takes place during the Ottoman Empire, where Lada Dragwyla is a vicious, brutal princess living in enemy territory. Her only loyalty is to her brother, Radu, but events transpire that cause their relationship to fracture…namely, that they both love the heir to the Empire they are held captive in. The villain…and villainess…in this series are ones to take the books! Traitor Angels , by Anne Blankman Paradise Lost is a famous part of history—but what if it was almost lost completely, and its author, John Milton, executed?

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Cold Mountain , by Charles Frazier Inspired by The Odyssey, this civil war novel tells of the journey made by a wounded confederate deserter as he journeys towards home and the love of his life, only to be confronted by obstacles, other women, and tragedy on his quest. Mattie cook, a year-old girl living with her mother and grandfather, does her best to flee the city with the latter in tow. Griet is sixteen years old in the s when she is hired by the painter—with whom her relationship becomes intimate and complex when he takes her on as a model.

The man cannot remember who he was or how he became so badly burned. Hanna, a Canadian nurse, is caring for him, tries to get him to recall his past…and the truth about what they learn changes them forever. Pope Joan , by Donna Woolfolk Cross Another novel in which a hidden truth about history is revealed and explored—based on the true story of the woman who concealed herself as a man and rose so high that she became Pope. March , by Geraldine Brooks Where was Mr.

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March, the father of the famous Little Women? March was on the battlefield of the civil war in , but kept secrets from his family that never made into the letters he sent home to them. The Tutor , by Andrea Chapin An enigmatic and often explored figure, William Shakespeare gets another historical treatment, this time as the tutor of young widow abandoned by her only family when he is accused of murder. Ending up in the rough and tumble streets of New York City, Fiona finds her way from the bottom of the heap to the peak of the tea industry, where the past has been set to steep and soon comes back to burn her.

The Marriage of Opposites , by Alice Hoffman The mother of impressionist painter Camille Pissarro finally has her story told—after a lifetime of bending to the will of others, including a protective mother, a father who married her off to save his own skin, and a husband she does not love, the chance at a love affair awakens something in her, and will ultimately change history.

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