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Ainehi Edoro Reviews The Secret History of Las Vegas by Chris Abani

The Secret History of Las VegasVerdict: carrot

In a 1986 interview, the Zimbabwean novelist, Dambudzo Marachera, speaks of a strange artistic sensibility. He speaks of how the will to write often takes him to “a region where a ghost has rights.” In the same interview, he confesses to having a bizarre fascination with history. “For me, as it was for James Joyce,” he says, “history is simply a nightmare from which I am trying to wake up.” As luck would have it, one of the two epigraphs in the opening pages of The Secret History of Las Vegas is Joyce’s quote: “history is a nightmare from which I am trying to wake.” – See more at: http://brittlepaper.com/2014/04/ghost-rights-review-chris-abanis-secret-history-las-vegas/#sthash.aXHHumkP.dpuf

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