Peace: Wolfe’s Masterful Rumination on Nostalgia, Memory, and Uncertainty


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If Gene Wolfe is oftentimes a writer hard to decipher, there is nothing unclear or equivocal about his allegiance to the genre. He is first and foremost a writer of science fiction and fantasy, and in this he was always straightforward.

But there are a few cases in his body of work when the reader is not that sure of what genre (if any) a particular narrative is part of. That seems the case with Peace.

Attention: spoilers.

Published in 1975, this novel is a narrative related to us by Alden Dennis Weer, an old, rich man who’s apparently suffered a stroke and is starting to confuse past and present, recalling from memory incidents of his childhood and adolescence through his later life.

Seems pretty simple, right?

We should know better by now.

Maybe Weer had a stroke, or a heart attack. In the beginning, he consults a doctor and ...