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The EU in fiction June 8, 2018

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

This is an intriguing post, from the LSE blogs, a meditation on how the EU has fared in political fiction. Not well is the answer. In work after work it is either ignored completely – which tells us one thing, or it is portrayed as a dystopian semi-fascist outfit. In a way one has to wonder is the testament to the banal aspect of that project. Ignore it because it is so mundane, or exaggerate it to near absurd proportions because that’s the only way to make it interesting.

Which is mighty odd when you think of the passions expended upon Brexit over the decades.

Then again, this piece here suggests euroscepticism is a ‘Tory genre’. And I’ve mentioned before Andrew Roberts contribution to that genre.

I love both political fiction and dystopian thrillers and I’m hard pressed to think of many novels in either genre which tackle the EU.


1. EWI - June 8, 2018

How has the UN fared in same? Fairly similar, I think.


2. polly - June 8, 2018

He missed Andrew Marr’s 2015 novel ‘Head of State’. A powerful funder nudges and corners the Tory party into calling a referendum on the EU. When it become clear the result will be tight, he pays a data management firm to tip the undecideds over towards ‘Leave’. In both cases he does so in order to short sterling on foreign exchange markets and make an enormous personal fortune.

Unthinkable obviously, it’s just fiction.

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3. polly - June 8, 2018

The UN has films. ‘North by Northwest’ and the one where Sean Penn runs around with a gun saving Nicole Kidman. ‘The Interpreter’.


WorldbyStorm - June 8, 2018

I haven’t seen the Interpreter, is it any good?


Daniel Rayner O'Connor - June 9, 2018

Okay, but not great. They’ve done better.

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Jim Monaghan - June 10, 2018

No chemistry between the two stars.And oiut of 5, worth only one.


4. Starkadder - June 9, 2018

I remember one story in Aidan Chambers’ “A Quiver of Ghosts”,
which featured a ghost from the future. The ghost says in his
time Britain is ruled from Brussels. I can’t remember if the story
implied if this was a good or bad thing.

Given H. G. Wells and Olaf Stapledon were both advocates of
supranational government, you’d have thought there might be more
sympathy for an international organisation among UK writers, but
it seems not.

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