REVIEW: “Liar, Liar, Tongue on Fire” by Janessa Mulepati

Review of Janessa Mulepati, “Liar, Liar, Tongue on Fire”, Luna Station Quarterly 40 (2019): Read online. Reviewed by Sara L. Uckelman.

Reading this story of perjury and how it must be punished on the night of Impeachment Eve was a poignant and strange experience. Where Pan lives, perjury is punished swiftly and sharply: you cannot lie if you have no tongue.

On the one hand, it sounds barbaric, hearkening back to a less civilised, more violent age.

On the other hand, when one sees — Trump’s America, Johnson’s Brexit — the horrific consequences of lies, it hardly sounds barbaric enough.