Mr. Chabon visited the John Adams Institute to talk about his novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (De wonderlijke avonturen van Kavalier & Clay). Chabon’s third novel celebrates the golden age of the adventure comic book, the ‘great, mad and new American art form,’ which spanned the years between the late 1930’s and the early 1950’s. It was a thriving time for popular culture and Chabon vividly recalls the swing music, the pulp novels, the bars of midtown New York and the patriotic kitsch inspired by WWII. Although suffused with tragedy, his work proves to be a comic epic, generously optimistic about the human struggle for personal liberation.
TIME interview with Michael Chabon: