Saturday, April 8, 2017

Dystopian fiction in the age of Trump, Brexit and Zuma.

When the going gets weird, said Hunter Thompson, the weird get going. Well, the going  has never been weirder. America is ruled by a dangerous buffoon, aided by a family of cyborgs. South Africa's situation is not dissimilar, although, thankfully, we lack the power to launch missile attacks.  Liberal democracy has failed so badly that citizens  are voting out of desperation for whatever looks most different from said liberal democracy. Which perhaps explains the growth surge of Dystopian fiction. Wikipedia lists one example in the 18th Century - Gulliver's Travels, by Johnathan Swift. There are eleven examples for the 19th century. By the 20th, the list is growing exponentially, decade by decade.

On the 29 January, 2017, the BBC posted brief list of The Trump Era's top selling Dystopian Novels, featuring George Orwell, Aldous Huxley and Sinclair Lewis. Writers imagining the worst, hoping that if they portray it artfully, humans will read, understand and avoid.

Literary, dystopian, end of the world

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