A state of Denmark

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Serpent's Tail, 1994 - Fiction - 269 pages
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"Raymond's novel is rooted firmly in the dystopian vision of Orwell and Huxley, sharing their air of horrifying hopelessness."- Sunday Times It is the 1960s. England has become a dictatorship, governed by a sly, ruthless politician called Jobling. All non-whites have been deported, The English Times is the only newspaper, and ordinary people live in dread of nightly curfews and secret police. Derek Raymond's skill is to make all too plausible the transition from complacent democracy to dictatorship in a country preoccupied by consumerism and suscep-tible to media spin.

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A really surprising find -- a minor little Brit-noir take on "1984" that sort of falls apart under the weight of its own ambition, but when it works, it fires on all guns, with some brutal realistic dialogue and some finely drawn situations and characters. Read full review


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