The "today" of "The Novel Today", edited by Malcolm Bradbury, was 1977 (when I had just left university). But I'd never read the book and found it for 10 Swedish kronor (about one euro) in a box outside a second-hand bookshop on Saturday.
I've just read the introduction, and it looks promising. There are about a dozen essays, written between 1961 and the mid-1970s by novelists, for the most, i.e. people who practise the art themselves. Names include Iris Murdoch, Philip Roth, John Fowles, Doris Lessing and John Barth. Plus the odd critic, such as Frank Kermode.
The last essay in the book is by Gerald Graff and is entitled "The Myth of the Posmodernist Breakthrough". I wonder what that looks like after almost 40 years.
The book looks very promising with one small fly in the ointment. That is that it is very much Anglo-American centred and only has one non-English-language author, and that is Michel Butor. Otherwise I'm sure it will make stimulating reading.
Have any of the rest of you read this book?