Tuesday January 21, 2020

Book review: The cockroach by Ian McEwan

Brexit satire is a roar of raucous discontent

6th October, 2019
Ian Mcewan has delivered a biting satire on Brexit Pic: Getty

Fiction: The Cockroach, By Ian McEwan , Jonathan Cape, €11

Ian McEwan’s new novella may clock in at just 100 pages, but it packs quite a punch. A biting satire on Brexit, it is equal parts Swift and Kafka, as the veteran novelist uses his myriad gifts to parody the zeal with which our noisy neighbour’s political elite are gleefully guiding their country towards crashing out from the European Union.


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