By Patrick O'Donnell
Written for a large constituency of readers of latest literature, A transitority destiny: The Fiction of David Mitchell explores Mitchell's major concerns-including these of identification, heritage, language, imperialism, formative years, the surroundings, and ethnicity-across the six novels released to this point, in addition to his protean skill to write down in a number of and various genres. It areas Mitchell within the culture of Murakami, Sebald, and Rushdie-writers whose works discover narrative in an age of globalization and cosmopolitanism.
Patrick O'Donnell strains the through-lines of Mitchell's paintings from ghostwritten to The Bone Clocks and, with a bankruptcy on all of the six novels, charts the evolution of Mitchell's fictional project.
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