Elaine Scarry does for pain what Judith Butler did for gender. This book unravels pain, war, torture, and creativity in dense, brilliant prose. Great for fans of Maggie Nelson at her most theoretical.
Through the eyes of a little girl, a young woman, and a grieving mother, we travel the Stillness, a huge, earthquake-prone continent. They are orogenes: they can control seismic activity, for which they are hated, needed, and tightly controlled. A powerful fantasy novel about devastation and racism, with echoes of forced-assimilation schools, hate speech, and eugenics.