Terrorism satire that fails to ignite

May 2012
Evening Standard;5/24/2012, p51
IN 1998, a satire on terrorism would probably have been a hard sell for most American authors. For Lionel Shriver, who describes her sales record back then as "poisonous", it proved impossible. So her newly published novel, The New Republic, isn't new at all. Mothballed for 14 years, it has piggy-backed on the success of We Need To Talk About Kevin, her bestseller about a school shooting, to make it into print. Shriver also believes it has benefited from a change in mood: in the Nineties, her compatriots saw terrorism as "Foreigners' Boring Problem"; post 9/11, the subject was too raw for the light-hearted approach she takes.


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