A State of Denmark by Derek Raymond

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Raymond’s occasionally implausible plot sometimes struggles under the weight of its own ambition and his narrative is, be warned, unrelievedly bleak. But, still: I agree with Travis. Once read, it’s hard to stop thinking about this one.
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“Raymond’s novel is rooted firmly in the dystopian vision of Orwell and Huxley, sharing their air of horrifying hopelessness.”—Sunday Times

It is the 1960s. England has become a dictatorship, governed by a sly, ruthless politician called Jobling. All non-whites have been deported, The English Times is the only newspaper, and ordinary people live in dread of nightly curfews and secret police. Derek Raymond’s skill is to make all too plausible the transition from complacent democracy to dictatorship in a country preoccupied by consumerism and susceptible to media spin.

 

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Published July 1, 1995 by Serpent's Tail. 272 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Rachel Cooke on Jul 26 2016

Raymond’s occasionally implausible plot sometimes struggles under the weight of its own ambition and his narrative is, be warned, unrelievedly bleak. But, still: I agree with Travis. Once read, it’s hard to stop thinking about this one.

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