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Cowboys and Muslims: that’s the new global power struggle, according to the latest great American novel

The Woman Who Lost Her Soul by Bob Shacochis is a furious, sprawling work of fiction exploring ‘the slippery algebra of enemies’

10 January 2015

9:00 AM

10 January 2015

9:00 AM

The Woman Who Lost Her Soul Bob Shacochis

Atlantic, pp.713, £18.99

‘I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: if you fuck with me, I’ll kill you all.’ When ‘The Bumper Book of American Foreign Policy’ gets written, General James Mattis’s line to Iraqi leaders after the 2003 invasion will be an obvious choice for the cover blurb, but meanwhile it makes a striking epigraph to Bob Shacochis’s furious, sprawling novel about a half-century of US espionage and powerbroking.

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