Thursday, November 5, 2009

Devil's Dream

Madison Smartt Bell just published a novel about Nathan Bedford Forrest. I know the idea of plowing through a retelling of Forrest's exploits is not an appealing prospect for most BGN readers, but Devil's Dream is worth a look. If you are at all familiar with Bell's work, you know that he has a gift for capturing violent, morally suspect characters in his writer's net. His account of Forrest is part epic folk tale, part literary fugue, and full of blood-soaked poetry. Go here to read my interview with Bell about the book.

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