82-Year-old Novel Is The Main Book Of LABAF 2017

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - REVUE -

SIN­CLAIR Lewis’ It can’t hap­pen here is the main book of the 19th La­gos Book and Art Fes­ti­val, hold­ing at the Free­dom Park on Broad Street from Novem­ber 6 to 12, 2017. It will be dis­cussed in a panel con­ver­sa­tion. Parts of it will be dra­ma­tized dur­ing the Fes­ti­val’s open­ing. This 1935 novel imag­ines a vain, out­landish, anti-im­mi­grant, fear mon­ger­ing dem­a­gogue win­ning the 1936 Pres­i­den­tial elec­tions in the United States. Just like Don­ald Trump, whose emer­gence as Pres­i­dent the book an­tic­i­pated 81 years ear­lier, the main char­ac­ter Buzz Win­drip promised poor, an­gry vot­ers that he would make Amer­ica proud and pros­per­ous once more. Mr. Trump’s rhetoric has height­ened ten­sions in the Korean Penin­sula and made the chances of a nu­clear war more cer­tain than any Amer­i­can Pres­i­dent ever did. In It can’ t hap­pen here, Wind rip took the coun­try down a darker path. As in Mr Lewis’ fic­tional 1936, Lib­er­als all over the world, in 2017, are de­bat­ing whether Mr. Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion will last its full ten­ure. It can’ t hap­pen here was se­lected be­cause of how glumly it fits the theme of LABAF 2017: Erup­tions: global frac­tures and our com­mon hu­man­ity .15 books will be dis­cussed over a pe­riod of six days.

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