By Petr Chalupský
This idiosyncratic London build is especially well-known in Ackroyd’s novels, during which his rules concerning the city’s nature and his connection to English literary sensibilities mix to create a different chronotope with its personal spatial and temporal houses. A Horror and a Beauty explores this international via six defining features of the town as Ackroyd identifies them: the connection among London’s earlier and current, its uncanny manifestations, its felonious traits, its population’ psychogeographic and antiquarian suggestions, its theatricality, and its inherently literary character.
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