05/20/2010 09:49 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Ian McEwan: Why 'Solar' Was Rejected By The American Literary Establishment

"Americans don't like an unattractive character who is not redeemed at the centre of a novel," he says. "And maybe it's a matter of British humour too. Our comic writers -- Michael Frayn, for example, Evelyn Waugh initially, Malcolm Bradbury certainly -- were never really warmly received in the States."

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