James Purdon

A Matter of Record

White Tears

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Hari Kunzru’s fifth novel is a ghost story, and the ghost is in the machine. Leopold Bloom, in Ulysses, mused on the resurrection of the voice that would be made possible by placing ‘a gramophone in every grave’; White Tears tells a story of blues music and race in which every recording is engraved with the voices of the restless dead. 

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