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This essay explores Namwali Serpell's debut novel The Old Drift (2019) through the lens of 'palimpsestic memory', contending that the novel articulates an interconnectedness between memory and migration. Firstly, I will investigate how the tension between aeonic temporality and some paratextual elements that attempt to install order and direct the reader's orientation mimic and resonate with the intricate motif of the palimpsest. Then, I will illustrate how the alternation between extradiegeticdoi:10.17456/simple-159 fatcat:r6upxkh2argazoj7ylz7h65h6a