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Why is there so little anger in fiction today?

60 years ago, rage was all the rage

By DJ Taylor   August 2017

Working-class fight-back: Albert Finney in the film of Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. ©Lion/Kobal/Rex/Shutterstock

Sixty years ago this summer, in the shadow of Suez, the age of Aldermaston and the retreat from empire, the British media found itself fixated on anger. The curious thing about this anger was that it appeared to lurk not in such age-old repositories of discontent as the politician or the trades union activist, but in the much less likely figure of the author. It was the year in which the literary collective known as…

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