Collecting and Proclaiming Banal Atrocities

This is from a favourite novelist, Walker Percy, in a piece he wrote in 1981 on abortion — and it applies for me to the continual need for noticing, recognising, and revealing any violence done in the name of preventing violence, whether in narrative form or otherwise:

“Who wants to go about his business being reminded of the six million dead in the holocaust, the 15 million in the Ukraine? Atrocities become banal. But a 20th century novelist should be a nag, an advertiser, a collector, a proclaimer of banal atrocities.”

ht Chronicle of Atlantis


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