Its Own Dark Styx

Marina Warner

  • The Nature of Blood by Caryl Phillips
    Faber, 224 pp, £15.99, February 1997, ISBN 0 571 19073 1

‘Memory says: Want to do right? Don’t count on me.’ So writes Adrienne Rich in a poem from An Atlas of a Difficult World, opening an unpunctuated sequence of horrors: lynchings, pogroms, Auschwitz, Berlin, Palestine, Israel:

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