Gabriel Josipovici

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  • Monika Fludernik (Universität Freiburg)

Gabriel Josipovici is one of the major contemporary British authors. If this fact has so far escaped the notice of British literary critics and much of the British public, this is no doubt due to Josipovici's denigration as 'merely' an “experimentalist”. Although Josipovici's early short fiction, which won him the Somerset Maugham Award in 1975, is technically extremely versatile and innovative, and therefore answers to the label from a formal perspective, the author's later fiction no longer obtrudes formal solicisms on the reader and should therefore be exempted from this type of criticism. In any case, the oeuvre of Josipovici has, in the meantime, reached a critical mass which requires that one take it seriously, …

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Fludernik, Monika. "Gabriel Josipovici". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 October 2001
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