This chapter explores the writing of Tom McCarthy and situates him as one of the exciting experimental voices of contemporary British writing that is seeking to explore the limits and tolerances of the realistic. The chapter situates McCarthy within the notion of the contemporary avant-garde novel and contextualises his fictional writing alongside his non-fiction and his work as a conceptual artist. This is followed by close analysis of his fiction up to Satin Island (2015). McCarthy’s writing absorbs the cultural novelty of digital convergence, channelling the technological sublime of the 21st century back into the shell of the realist novel to examine the extent to which it any longer has representational credibility.
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