A Primer on Political Fiction
If you've ever wanted to know more about political fiction, here's a primer. I'll discuss books by Dostoyevsky, Robert Heinlein, and Margaret Atwood, as well as my favorite, Brave New World. After you finish, you might want to pick up a copy of your own. The next time you're in the mood for a book, I highly recommend The Possessed by Dostoyevsky.
Dostoyevsky's The Possessed
Dostoyevsky's novel The Possessed is an intriguing and complex work of literature. Set in the late 1800s, the novel depicts the rise and fall of a family through a series of harrowing events. While it is full of psychological conflict and secondary elements from other genres, Uncle Vanya is also a spiritual work. It begins with the death of the father, ends with the celebration of resurrection and affirmation of life.
The novel is loosely based on sensational press reports about a mass murder of students in Moscow. This novel portrays the chaos caused by outside agitators. While the story is centered on the enigmatic Stavrogin, it also follows the libertine intellectual poseur Stepan Verkhovensky and his revolutionary son Pyotr. Despite Stavrogin's demonic nature, he is capable of good and charity. In one scene, Stavrogin is received into a church on his deathbed.
The book's length is also a factor. The Possessed is a prodigious novel, yet it has the structural coherence of a Greek play. The author is a master of character creation, equal to Shakespeare and Dickens. In addition, literary critics claim that only short works of fiction possess perfect form. Dostoyevsky's work demonstrates the power of a long-form novel, which is not possible in a short novel.
Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers
A remake of Robert Heinlein's classic science fiction novel Starship Troopers will be released on May 21, 2019. Produced by Fast & Furious producer Neal H. Moritz, the movie is sure to be a hit. This classic science fiction novel is one of Heinlein's best-selling works. It won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1960. While some critics have accused it of promoting fascism, others say it promotes libertarian politics.
"Starship Troopers" was first published as an abridged serial in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction in 1959. After the serial was published, it was later published in hardcover. This book is not suitable for children, and readers should consider the level of sophistication of the intended audience before reading it. For adults, however, it will give you a lot to think about.
The book's influence on military science fiction is undeniable. Its expository lump, a period when the narrative grinds to a halt, is a sign of the impact of Heinlein's work. For instance, military SF authors are known for their love of technology and how it influences their stories. As a young writer, Heinlein used educators and moral philosophy classes to inform his characters.
Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale
The Handmaid's Tale is a 1985 dystopian novel written by Canadian author Margaret Atwood. The story takes place in a near future New England where a totalitarian government has overthrown the United States government. It follows the lives of a group of women called "handmaids," who are forced to have children for the commanders. The book was widely read, but the political implications of its ending are not fully understood.
Although originally published in 1985, the book's impact has been felt most through its visual effects. A Hulu adaptation starring Elisabeth Moss has been a smash hit. The book's impact has also spawned numerous adaptations, including a film starring Natasha Richardson and a radio play. A TV series starring Elisabeth Moss was also released.
While the plot is incredibly realistic, a lot of the violence in The Handmaid's Tale is also real. A plethora of people from both genders live in the world of Gilead. In addition to being subjected to physical abuse, many people in this dystopia have also experienced digital crimes and gang stalking. Sadly, the real-world version of the dystopia depicted in The Handmaid's Tale is a little more terrifying than the fictional version, with gang stalking and electronic terrorism.
Despite the oppressive nature of the society, Offred and her companion, Commander, rebel against the regime. Their rebellion shows that human nature cannot be eradicated. A revolution of sorts is necessary to save the world, but it is not possible without women's participation. The Handmaids' revolution in Gilead requires all of us to be aware of our humanity, and we must not forget that we're all human.
Aldous Huxley's Brave New World
In his novel, 1984, Aldous Huxley depicts a Utopia where people are bred as needed, instead of waiting until they become too many. The novel deals with a similar problem facing modern society today: overpopulation. The author's goal is to make his readers laugh as they see the absurdity of this utopia. To do so, he uses literary devices that were common in classical Utopias to satirize the reality of the modern world.
In his novel, Huxley also mentions sports equipment as a means to maintain the economy. Another example is the Feelies movies, which feature the sensation of touch. This is a parody of Movietone News. This type of media is a necessary part of a modern world. In fact, it is one of the most popular genres in modern culture. If you haven't yet read Aldous Huxley, you're missing a lot!
As the novel continues, Huxley uses different types of characters to convey the themes. Lenina Crowne is an Alpha member of the ruling class. She is a hedonist, believing that pleasure is the highest good. Lenina, on the other hand, is a shallow citizen who spends more time with one man than she should in a society that approves of such behavior.
Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp Saga
Vince Flynn's Mitch RAPP saga is a series of books about CIA agent Mitch Rapp. CIA agents like Mitch are very dangerous counter-terrorist weapons. He has had many close calls and is very good at what he does, but his most dangerous job may be to kill terrorists. Rapp, a former college student, is recruited by the CIA to help the agency fight terrorism.
The first book in the series follows CIA undercover agent Mitch Rapp. He has been sent to Europe on purpose, but does not realize that he's been set up. In order to finish the mission, Rapp must uncover a hidden agenda and figure out who is behind the plot. Once he uncovers the truth, he'll be a hero. While reading this series, you'll discover what makes the characters so appealing.
The newest installment of the Mitch Rapp saga, Enemy at the Gates, debuted at number one. The series has become wildly popular, and fans love Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp books. The author's first Mitch Rapp book, Red War, debuted at number one on the New York Times bestseller list. This new Mitch Rapp novel follows Mitch Rapp as he battles an evil international gang and ISIS leader.
Dostoyevsky's Brave New World
The world of 1984 in Dostoyevsky's novel Brave New World is the ultimate metaphor for totalitarian society, complete with tyranny, dictatorship, and mass murder. In the novel, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, a Russian author, was exiled to Siberia. Despite his exile, he remained a brilliant writer and a sharp Christian thinker.
Dostoyevsky predicted an equally disastrous future for both the West and Russia, but he interpreted his predictions very differently. In Hard Times, he argued against utilitarianism, and he compared it to the immemorial wisdom of the people and the ethics of the Gospels. In Dostoyevsky's novel, he also questioned the validity of science, arguing that the Catholic Church resembled the secular state that he had imagined.
In Brave New World, ciphers wear identical uniforms, and their daily lives are dictated by the Table of Hours. Even sex is scheduled, and violators will be punished by elaborate execution via the Machine of the Benefactor. Ultimately, life in this utopia is controlled and predictible, and Dostoyevsky's influence is clear.
Dostoyevsky's masterpiece reflects on the nature of human freedom and individuality. It explores the nature of greed, passion, and depravity, and examines the morality of man. Ultimately, it poses the question of God's existence. And, of course, it also explores the meaning of life and death in the modern world. This novel is a must-read for any fan of Russian literature.