…the unfolding of the unforeseen was everything. Turned wrong way round, the relentless unforeseen was what we schoolchildren studied as “History”, harmless history, where everything unexpected in its own time is chronicled on the page as inevitable. The terror of the unforeseen is what the science of history hides, turning a disaster into an epic
History is at the centre of Roth’s The Plot Against America. This quote jumped off the page at me as I read on the way to work this morning. Clever git. I wish I could write like that.