Cormac McCarthy: No Country for Old Men (2497 words)


Cormac McCarthy’s body of fiction often offers a relentless, unsparing examination of violence, but it is also mercurial and unpredictable. In the middle part of his career, for instance, he worked within the tradition of the western. Four novels—his putative masterpiece, Blood Meridian (1985), and the three books comprising the Border Trilogy: All the Pretty Horses (1992), The Crossing (1994), and Cities of the Plain (1998)—all owe a large debt to the genre, while simultaneously dismantling many of its expectations, ideologies, and aesthetics. Those works also explore the vast philosophical questions about good, evil, and fate for which McCarthy is known. Then, in 2005, he published No Country for …

Citation: Banco, Lindsey Michael. "No Country for Old Men". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 September 2016 [, accessed 24 February 2021.]

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