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Background First, it should be noted that almost everyone in Sweden was at least sympathetic Finland in Winter war of 1939-1940 against the Soviet union, and also to a lesser extent in the Continuation war of 1941-1944 (but by then, Lagerlöf was dead). The general idea was expressed as "Finland's cause is ours". This was for: Historical reasons: Finland ...


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I think I may have found it, The People's Choice by Jeff Greenfield, published in 1995. On Election Day in 1996, The Republican presidential ticket of Foyle-Block wins enough states to receive 305 electoral Votes, compared to 233 electoral votes for the Democratic ticket of Mueller-Vincent. Since 270 electoral votes are needed to win the Presidency, the ...


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The ending is less political than it first appears but is, rather a device to push the reader to re-evaluate the themes of the book. I had no intention of answering this myself, but since it attracted no other answers I did a little digging and found a relevant paper: One More Time: The Conclusion of Alan Garner's "The Owl Service", C. W. Sullivan ...


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There were a number of non-scifi dystopian novels pre-Orwell; Jack London's The Iron Heel (1908) and Arthur Koestler's Darkness at Noon (1940) stand out. Since Nineteen Eighty-Four was published in 1949, dystopian novels with a political or social rather than sci-fi focus actually seem to have flourished, perhaps influenced by the horror of recent and ...


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Politics in Oz The whole idea of politics in Oz has been around for a while. Baum himself was asked whether his stories had hidden meanings, but he always replied that they were written to "please children". says the Wikipedia article, and the book it cites, Oz in Perspective: Magic and Myth in the L. Frank Baum Books, agrees, but then goes on to say ...


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Yes, but not in great detail. The best I've been able to find is this interview with Eric Flint, where he says (emphasis mine): The image people have of Germany is a Germany that was created out of the Thirty Years War and the outcome of it. But the Germany prior to the early years of the Thirty Years War is a very, very different place. It was very dynamic....


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Based on recent studies on dystopian fiction, I don't have the impression that dystopian fiction has become less popular, but it is a bit harder to find out whether political dystopias have become less popular. One recent collection of essay is Han, John J.; Triplett, C. Clark; Anthony, Ashley G. (editors): Worlds Gone Awry: Essays on Dystopian Fiction. ...


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The question asks why Hemingway included this story in A Moveable Feast. But it is not clear that he did include it! Hemingway died in 1961 before the book was finished; his widow Mary edited his notes into the first edition, published 1964, and in this edition the story does not appear. Whether this was due to Ernest’s intention or Mary’s judgement is now ...


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