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Created by John Eipper on 01/11/14 10:33 AM

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German Genocide in Namibia; Pynchon's *V.* (Paul Levine, Denmark, 01/11/14 10:33 am)

We did not have to wait until 2010 to discover the massacres in German West Africa. (See José Manuel de Prada, 11 January.)

Readers of American fiction remember the vivid rendering of those terrible events in Thomas Pynchon's brilliant novel, V., which was published in 1963.

JE comments: Yes (though I confess I haven't read it). Paul Levine's countryman Holger Terp has documented the German atrocities in Namibia, as part of his tireless bibliographical work with the Danish Peace Academy.  Holger's post is next in the queue.

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  • Thomas Pynchon (Robert McCabe, -France 01/12/14 2:14 PM)
    Just a brief note to add to Paul Levine (11 January) that the massacre of the Hereros was part of Thomas Pynchon's stunning novel of World War II (published in the 1970s) called Gravity's Rainbow. I would rate it one of the great books of the 20th century.

    JE comments: I just checked our archives, and Thomas Pynchon has never before come up on WAIS. No Pynchon in 31,349 posts until Paul Levine on January 11th. I suspect that Prof. Hilton wouldn't have had much use for TP's postmodern style, although he is definitely one of the greatest living novelists.  (I just checked, and TP is still going strong at 76.  His latest novel, Bleeding Edge, came out last fall.)

    (I believe this is Robert McCabe's first WAIS post of 2014.  Happy New Year, Bob!)

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