In July 2018 Ian McEwan published the short story “Düssel…”. In an interview (McAloon) McEwan has commented that the writing of this 2000-word piece was useful preparation for the writing of the novel Machines Like Me (2019): the story’s theme rehearses the key concerns of the novel regarding machine consciousness and the essence of what makes us human.
Published in the New York Review of Books, this first-person narrative focuses on the circumstances leading to the unnamed protagonist’s discovery that Jenny, the woman he loves, is “formed in Düsseldorf”. His account is a five-decades-old memory of a time when the question “are you real?” was …
Logotheti, Anastasia. "“Düssel…”". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 October 2019
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