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It Can't Happen Here

de Sinclair Lewis

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First published in 1935, when Americans were still largely oblivious to the rise of Hitler in Europe, this prescient novel tells a cautionary tale about the fragility of democracy and offers an alarming, eerily timeless look at how fascism could take hold in America. Doremus Jessup, a newspaper editor, is dismayed to find that many of the people he knows support presidential candidate Berzelius Windrip. The suspiciously fascist Windrip is offering to save the nation from sex, crime, welfare cheats, and a liberal press. But after Windrip wins the election, dissent soon becomes dangerous for Jessup. Windrip forcibly gains control of Congress and the Supreme Court and, with the aid of his personal paramilitary storm troopers, turns the United States into a totalitarian state.… (mais)
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  pszolovits | Feb 3, 2021 |
Bei der US-Wahl 1936 setzt sich der Populist Berzelius Windrip durch. In Windeseile demontiert dieser mit seinen willfährigen Anhängern und paramilitärischen Kampfverbänden, den Minute Men, die demokratischen Instutionen und etabliert ein totalitär-faschistisches Regime. Der Zeitungsherausgeber Doremus Jessup will das Treiben nicht akzeptieren und schließt sich dem Widerstand an.

Sinclair Lewis alternativgeschichtlicher Politroman projeziert die zeitgenössischen Entwicklungen in Europa, insbesondere das Erstarken des Faschismus und die Machtergreifung Hitlers, auf die Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika. Im Erscheinungsjahr als satirische Kritik an Huey Long, einem Populisten in den Reihen der demokratischen Partei, zu verstehen, dient der Roman als Warnung vor einer Gefährdung der liberalen Demokratie. Angesichts der aktuellen Umtriebe der Trump-Administratur hat Lewis Prophezeiung nichts an seiner Aktualität eingebüsst.

Trotz interessantem Plot überzeugt Lewis' Roman nicht uneingeschränkt: DIe Erzählweise ist langatmig und umständlich, Windrips politische Ideologie ist ebenso wie die fiktionalen historischen Ereignisse wenig durchdacht, sodass auch seine Machtergreifung und die Etablierung des totalitären Regimes nicht unbedingt glaubhaft dargestellt wird. Hinzu kommen zahlreiche Verweise auf zeitgenössische US-amerikanische (Lokal-)Politiker, welche den ohne entsprechendes Fachwissen ausgestatteten Leser überfordern. ( )
  schmechi | Dec 30, 2020 |
Much has been made of Sinclair Lewis's projected vision of fascist America and our current political climate. It's not wrong, and it's worth noting. But it's nevertheless frustrating to read something that you're already living--yes, we know that Trump is a Buzz Windrip and every vain, incompetent ruler ever, but there's no satisfaction or catharsis in the reading experience. And the writing is just not there. ( )
  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
It starts slow and was tough to wade through. I think my problem may have been the timing of when I read this book, which changed it from an Atwood-esque cautionary tale into an eerie and foreboding omen. 2.5 stars. I didn't enjoy it, but I appreciate Lewis' ability to semi-accurately examine the American populace and predict our future stupidity. ( )
  kohrmanmj | Sep 21, 2020 |
It was frightening, interesting and still within the realm of possibility. ( )
  Chrissylou62 | Aug 1, 2020 |
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“It Can’t Happen Here” is a work of dystopian fantasy, one man’s effort in the 1930s to imagine what it might look like if fascism came to America. At the time, the obvious specter was Adolf Hitler, whose rise to power in Germany provoked fears that men like the Louisiana senator Huey Long or the radio priest Charles Coughlin might accomplish a similar feat in the United States. Today, Lewis’s novel is making a comeback as an analogy for the Age of Trump.
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Meisel, PerryIntroduçãoautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Meyer, Michael LeversonIntroduçãoautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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First published in 1935, when Americans were still largely oblivious to the rise of Hitler in Europe, this prescient novel tells a cautionary tale about the fragility of democracy and offers an alarming, eerily timeless look at how fascism could take hold in America. Doremus Jessup, a newspaper editor, is dismayed to find that many of the people he knows support presidential candidate Berzelius Windrip. The suspiciously fascist Windrip is offering to save the nation from sex, crime, welfare cheats, and a liberal press. But after Windrip wins the election, dissent soon becomes dangerous for Jessup. Windrip forcibly gains control of Congress and the Supreme Court and, with the aid of his personal paramilitary storm troopers, turns the United States into a totalitarian state.

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