Hari Kunzru’s “WHITE TEARS” – Blues and some very human devils.

“The White Tears” is “dark and powerful novel about two man whose lives are forever changed by the discovery of a forgotten blues record”. Hari Kunzru’s novel is also much more than that line. From the beginning of “White Tears” the reader is pulled in into the world of the record collectors and searchers for the musical authenticity. However, when Seth said in that memorable quotation: “… if I wasn’t careful I’d lose my grip on the present and find myself back there seventy or eighty years in the past” I realized how much music works as a time machine. Temporal and narrative shifts became Kunzru’s tools while he’s telling a gripping story about the musical, cultural and racial identity.