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By Patrick O'Donnell

Having emerged as one the best modern British writers, David Mitchell is quickly taking his position among British novelists with the gravitas of an Ishiguro or a McEwan.

Written for a large constituency of readers of up to date literature, A transitority destiny: The Fiction of David Mitchell explores Mitchell's major concerns-including these of id, background, language, imperialism, formative years, the surroundings, and ethnicity-across the six novels released thus far, in addition to his protean skill to write down in a number of and numerous genres. It locations Mitchell within the culture of Murakami, Sebald, and Rushdie-writers whose works discover narrative in an age of globalization and cosmopolitanism.

Patrick O'Donnell lines the through-lines of Mitchell's paintings from ghostwritten to The Bone Clocks and, with a bankruptcy on all the six novels, charts the evolution of Mitchell's fictional project.

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