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Borderline Personalities

AFTER A GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER, BRITAIN BARRICADES ITSELF INSIDE A MASSIVE CONCRETE BARRIER.

“The Wall”

By John Lanchester

254 pages. W.W. Norton & Company. $25.95.

Earlier this year, The Times reported that President Trump’s pledge to build a border wall had been invented by his advisers as “” to keep an unpredictable candidate focused on the issue of immigration. This tells us a lot about Trump, but it also speaks to the power of the wall as a symbol, which is both monumental in its simplicity and elusive enough to sustain any number of meanings, often based — as

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