Sam Thompson


Wolf Stories

‘All stories are about wolves,’ says a character in Margaret Atwood’s novel The Blind Assassin. ‘There’s escaping from the wolves, fighting the wolves, capturing the wolves, taming the wolves. Being thrown to the wolves, or throwing others to the wolves so the wolves will eat them instead of you. Running with the wolf pack. Turning into a wolf. Best of all, turning into the head wolf. No other decent stories exist.’ Wolves have been prowling through human storytelling from the beginning, standing for the ferocity of the natural world and for a wildness we suspect inside ourselves. We are never done with telling the wolf’s story because we cannot settle what it means. Are we like wolves or unlike them?

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