Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie sul «New Yorker» scrive un pezzo accorato sulle conseguenze del populismo nella discussione pubblica.

Now is the time to resist the slightest extension in the boundaries of what is right and just. Now is the time to speak up and to wear as a badge of honor the opprobrium of bigots. Now is the time to confront the weak core at the heart of America’s addiction to optimism; it allows too little room for resilience, and too much for fragility. Hazy visions of “healing” and “not becoming the hate we hate” sound dangerously like appeasement. The responsibility to forge unity belongs not to the denigrated but to the denigrators. The premise for empathy has to be equal humanity; it is an injustice to demand that the maligned identify with those who question their humanity.

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Zadie Smith, invece, in un discorso per il Welt Literature Prize scrive:

I find these days that a wistful form of time travel has become a persistent political theme, both on the right and on the left. On November 10 The New York Times reported that nearly seven in ten Republicans prefer America as it was in the 1950s, a nostalgia of course entirely unavailable to a person like me, for in that period I could not vote, marry my husband, have my children, work in the university I work in, or live in my neighborhood. Time travel is a discretionary art: a pleasure trip for some and a horror story for others. Meanwhile some on the left have time travel fancies of their own, imagining that the same rigid ideological principles once applied to the matters of workers’ rights, welfare, and trade can be applied unchanged to a globalized world of fluid capital.

Si può leggere integralmente sulla «New York Review of Books» e, in traduzione italiana, su «Robinson», l’inserto «Repubblica», di domenica 11 dicembre.


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Infine, Literary Hub stila una lista di 50 libri per prepararsi – culturalmente e emotivamente – all’America di Trump