Richard Powers, Operation Wandering Soul

Martin Kich (Wright State University)
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Like the protagonists of Powers’ first three novels, the protagonist of

Operation Wandering Soul

is a loner, an ascetic -- a psychological recluse even if he has not retreated entirely from social connections. But, unlike Hobbes, Kraft has no family to provide a buffer between his interior and exterior worlds to soften their collisions. Kraft is a physician, but unlike many doctors and medical professionals who maintain some emotional distance from the horrors that they confront by focusing on them scientifically -- by concentrating on symptoms, diagnoses, treatment options, and expected outcomes -- Kraft cannot stop himself from measuring the limits of the science against the immensity of the horrors.

In its structure and scope, Operation Wandering Soul does broadly resemble

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Citation: Kich, Martin. "Operation Wandering Soul". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 April 2024 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=21623, accessed 21 May 2024.]

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