(The silence of literature) A chapter in The pale horseman analyzes the mark left by the Spanish flu in literature. Almost inexistent. Laura Spinney's efforts to uncover allusions are even somewhat pathetic. The literature did not speak of the flu. She killed between 80 and 100 million people according to the author's calculations, but the dead do not always speak. The literature takes some precautions. Years ago, Carlos Barral called my attention in an interview about the absence

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