We watch Babel beaten, just before his death, in “Lubyanka Prison, Moscow, 1940.”
But I recall nothing in Possession, Angels & Insects, Babel Tower, or her other books that seems to presage this one.
Gowan, Donald E. From Eden to Babel: A Commentary on the Book of Genesis 1-11.
capital of Babylon, late 14c., from Hebrew Babhel (Gen. xi), from Akkadian bab-ilu "Gate of God" (from bab "gate" + ilu "god"). The name is a translation of Sumerian Ka-dingir. Meaning "confused medley of sounds" (1520s) is from the biblical story of the Tower of Babel.