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Philip Roth, The Plot Against America

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Feb. 3rd, 2007 | 03:54 pm

Philip Roth, The Plot Against America

I blogged about this before but, to say it again here, while it's extremely impressively executed, I was left thinking, "Well, what was the point?" Roosevelt loses the Presidential election to pro-Nazi Charles Lindbergh, whereupon America enters a period of isolationism and anti-Semitism. But the narrative logic of the AU (or, rather, one narrative logic of the AU) demands that the set-up is reversed. Roosevelt is ultimately returned to power, and the US to its course. But it sits uneasily with the story narrative: either these things (violent riots, for example) happened - in which case I don't believe the US could be restored to its previous course, or else the whole conceit needs working out to the present day. Priest's The Separation is a much more successful version of this.

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