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By Erika Gottlieb

Gottlieb juxtaposes the Western dystopian style with jap and imperative ecu models, introducing a variety of works from Russia, Poland, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia. She demonstrates that authors who write approximately and lower than totalitarian dictatorship locate the worst of all attainable worlds no longer in a hypothetical destiny yet within the historic fact of the writer's current or contemporary earlier. opposed to this sort of history the author assumes the function of witness, protesting opposed to a nightmare international that's yet shouldn't be. She introduces the works of Victor Serge, Vassily Grossmam, Alexander Zinoviev, Tibor Dery, Arthur Koestler, Vaclav Havel, and Istvan Klima, in addition to a number of others, all recognized of their personal nations, providing them inside of a framework demonstrated via an unique and complete exploration of the styles underlying the extra everyday Western works of dystopian fiction.

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Fm Page 40 Friday, April 27, 2001 4:57 PM 40 Dystopia West the totalitarian state as a primitive state religion that can exert its power over the true believers because of their initial need to find a framework for human continuity in the face of death. ” O’Brien explains to Winston that only those who give up their individuality to “enslave” themselves to the collective body of the Party can hope to achieve this privilege, the “freedom” of partaking of the Party’s immortality. By contrast, for proles and other outsiders, their seeming “freedom” from Party surveillance – “Proles and animals are free” – is simply a sign of their true slavery.

Grossman’s Life and Fate includes a particularly dramatic illustration of this process in the life of an old Jewish doctor, who as soon as the Germans occupy the Ukraine in 1941 finds out that from one day to another she has been stripped of her human rights. Suddenly she is treated by her neighbours and former patients in her own house as if she were no longer alive. ” As for “outlawing” the class enemy, Platonov’s Foundation Pit presents memorable scenes of how all the peasants stigmatized as “kulaks” are stripped of their property and rights, and entire communities, young and old, men, women, and children, are sent without food and warm clothing to almost certain death in Siberia.

Suffering from the cruelty of his two elder daughters as the consequence of his own act of injustice against his youngest, Cordelia, King Lear declares that he is “more sinned against than sinning” and becomes so obsessed with trials and imaginary seats of judgment that he goes out of his mind. fm Page 29 Friday, April 27, 2001 4:57 PM Justice in Utopia, Tragedy, and Dystopia 29 true forgiveness and reclaims the natural bond of love between father and child. This bond restores the continuity of the disrupted Chain of Being that is for Shakespeare the demonstration of divine order and justice.

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