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“The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists.” – Hannah Arendt

With the already-widely-read 1984 shooting up the bestseller charts, I can't help wondering if It Can't Happen Here and The Plot Against America will enjoy similar revivals. I'd say Roth is the much better bet - he's still alive and popular, which is far more than can be said for Sinclair Lewis.

February 9, 2017 in Books, Current Affairs | Permalink


The Guardian had a run down of various novels that are appropriate for the current Zeitgeist, and while they discussed Roth's at length, they ultimately dismissed it for its "Hollywood ending" which is true.

Posted by: Sir Paul at Feb 9, 2017 6:11:34 PM