Issue Details: First known date: 2007 2007
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Janette Turner Hospital, in embracing the theme of terrorism, has taken the literary novel back to something akin to Graham Greene's work. She is a thriller writer where the murderers and the victims are 'real.' Orpheus Lost is a powerfully plotted book that has moral gravity and that is also touched by a spirit of mercy. It is a remarkable literary performance that can explain why Joyce Carol Oates described Hospital as a major writer.


  • Epigraph: To lose beauty in terror, terror in inquisition. -- T. S. Eliot, 'Gerontion' (18)

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