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A cosmic ocean of shame: Jesmyn Ward’s Let Us Descend confronts a history beyond the ken of storytelling

It is worth asking whether there are topics beyond the capacity of the novel.

Are there subjects so immense in historical scope and in depths of human suffering that a form engineered to tackle but a bare handful of lives in sufficient detail cannot possibly accommodate them?

  • Julian Murphet
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Warfare, with its punctual campaigns and political manoeuvrings, may indeed …

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