By Petr Chalupský
This idiosyncratic London build is very admired in Ackroyd’s novels, during which his rules in regards to the city’s nature and his connection to English literary sensibilities mix to create a unique chronotope with its personal spatial and temporal houses. A Horror and a Beauty explores this global via six defining facets of town as Ackroyd identifies them: the connection among London’s earlier and current, its uncanny manifestations, its felonious trends, its population’ psychogeographic and antiquarian options, its theatricality, and its inherently literary character.
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