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Thread: Great political novels you have read

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    practical experience, FTW
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    Great political novels you have read

    Just a curiosity thread. Looking for great novels which have either a direct political theme, or portray issues with obvious intent on expressing political opinion. A quick list of some favorites I have read:

    Darkness at Noon, Arthur Koestler
    The Ministry of Fear, Graham Greene
    The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
    All the King's Men, Robert Penn Warren
    The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, John LeCarré
    We, Evgeny Zamyatin
    Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
    1984, George Orwell
    Threepenny Novel, Bertolt Brecht
    Kaputt, Curzio Malaparte

    Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.

    -- Terry Pratchett

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    practical experience, FTW autumnleaf's Avatar
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    Political novels are tough to write; all too easy to let the message overwhelm the story. Here are a few that contained both a great story and a powerful message:

    The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
    Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
    Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton
    Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

    I'll second 1984 and Brave New World as well (are dystopias inherently political?)
    I reject your reality and substitute my own
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    House of Cards trilogy -- Michael Dobbs
    Kim -- Rudyard Kipling
    The Man Who was Thursday -- G.K. Chesterton
    The Secret Agent -- Joseph Conrad
    The Quiet American -- Graham Greene

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    Hoopy frood JimmyB27's Avatar
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    Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
    Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

    Do these count? I think they count.
    Destiny Deceived - Internet serial story. Written by one of the best writers I have ever been.

    "Having been an English literary graduate, I've been trying to avoid the idea of doing art ever since. I think the idea of art kills creativity. I think media are at their most interesting before anybody's thought of calling them art, when people still think they're just a load of junk"
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    The Wanderer DanielSTJ's Avatar
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    I also like:

    Fahrenheit 451
    Vivere militare est.

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    The force is strong in this one. williemeikle's Avatar
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    The Dispossessed - Ursula Le Guin

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    The new me oneblindmouse's Avatar
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    The Skull mantra by Elliot Pattison, and all his Inspector Shan sequels. Set in contemporary Tibet and Western China.

    Death of a red heroine by Qiu Xiaolong, and the other Inspector Chen sequels.

    "Strange Destinies" by Guillermo Rubio Arias-Paz, translated from the Spanish and out now on Amazon and the Endless Bookcase.




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