Articles by Greg Walklin

September 13, 2016

Scars That Never Fade: On Colson Whitehead’s ‘The Underground Railroad’ 0

How can a country ever put such a period behind it? Putting Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill won’t change the fact that American money was used to purchase people.

February 24, 2014

Haunting Us Still: W.G. Sebald’s A Place in the Country 2

What the book may lack in personal revelations about the author, it makes up for with a better understanding of his process.

August 15, 2013

The Darkness is Deep Indeed: On Javier Marías’s The Infatuations 4

Javier Marías may be the only significant working writer to also be a king. As the sovereign of Redonda, Marías is the honorary monarch. His two-decade reign has nearly entirely consisted of bestowing titles on various artists — John Ashbery is the Duke of Convexo, for example — as part of an effort at tongue-in-cheek recognition.

June 5, 2012

Rural Prisons: Hamlin Garland’s Stories of the American Midwest 6

Downtrodden and oppressed women resonate in Main-Travelled Roads. There are no easy solutions for these characters, and certainly no political ones.