I’m trying to figure out where I first came across this “parable of Little Big Horn”. I think (but I’m not 100% sure) that this was a story told by a narrator at the beginning of a novel.
The gist of the parable was that Custer had murdered a soldier and engineered the massacre to cover up the death. It’s possible that there was an implication that Custer had had a relationship with the soldier he killed, but I’m not certain.
I read this about 10 years ago, though the book I read it in was almost definitely not newly published at the time. I think it was in a novel, but it may possibly have been a collection of short stories.
I can’t remember much else about the novel, this short section really stood apart from it in my memory. I have a feeling that the genre was something like magical realism. Possibly Gabriel Garcia Marquez or David Mitchell, I’m not 100% sure about that though. I think it was a high brow-ish book; the kind of book that you might find on a short list for the Booker Prize… I read it in English.
Has anyone heard of this story? And if so, where?