Or, As Jung Would Say, 'It's In The Collective Unconscious, Dude'
Jim Crace on comparisons between his The Pesthouse and McCarthy's The Road: "Well, I've read a bit of it. For me, it's unlucky timing. But the same thing happened when I brought out my novel about Jesus' time in the wilderness, Quarantine. By the time it got to America, Norman Mailer's The Gospel According to the Son was out. I think if an idea is out there, if it's in the air, other people are writing about it. The idea of America's apocalypse is in the air, especially since 9/11 and the Iraq War."