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The book of Donald

Novelists searching for clues on tackling the US president should revisit the preening strongmen of Latin American literature

By Miranda France   May 2017

Over to you Ivanka: Donald Trump's nepotism echoes the South American leaders of the past ©Mark Wilson/Getty Images

It is still a point of pride among some clever people never to read novels, as if they were an indulgence for soft minds. But if we ever needed proof that fiction has a place in public discourse, it’s in the current rush to read novels about authoritarianism. In the week after Kellyanne Conway, a counsellor to President Donald Trump, coined the phrase “alternative facts,” George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four and Aldous…

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