Ian McEwan: The Cockroach (2167 words)


Published in September 2019, only a few months after Machines Like Me (April 2019), Ian McEwan’s satirical novella The Cockroach constitutes an imaginative response to the long-drawn debate regarding Brexit. Influenced by the Brexit crisis developing at the time of the writing and publication of Machines Like Me (2016-2019), a novel which includes in its alternative version of the past a narrowly avoided departure from the EU, McEwan offers in The Cockroach a comic allegory. An inversion of Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis in which the eponymous insect wakes up to find he is inhabiting the body of Jim Sams, Britain’s Prime Minister, the novella is, in the author’s words, &…

Citation: Logotheti, Anastasia. "The Cockroach". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 January 2020 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=38984, accessed 12 July 2020.]

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