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  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstay Press; 2 edition (April 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977459071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977459070
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.9 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #900,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An Interview With Andre Vltchek

To what extent do the attacks of 9-11 factor into your novel — Point of No Return? 9-11 was a shock to all of us. Time to reflect, to re-think our position in the world as well as the position of the United States. I added the 9-11 chapter and some references to 9-11 to the Point of No Return after initially drafting the novel; I just had to; it seemed to be relevant - no way out of it. Without it, my novel didn't seem to be complete.

You have written that you hope your novel "gets people thinking." About what, in particular? About the state of the world in which we are all living. Politicians and economists are blurring the whole picture. Sometimes it seems that the course of development can't be changed. In reality it can be.... And the global picture is very simple. A small group of historically aggressive nations is still ruling the world. The economic system which it promotes has nothing to do with humanism; with solidarity, compassion, willingness to share. We have billions of people rotting in gutters all over the world. Hundreds of millions of people dying from curable or at least controllable diseases. The rich world is still plundering the rest of the planet; stealing raw materials, employing people for a pittance.... If poor nations resist, the rich world stages coups or something worse.... And it is all legitimized through the United Nations which were sidelined, made truly impotent.... It is so obvious, as Chomsky likes to say.

How is religion treated in Point of No Return? Why does one of the characters in the novel ask, "What color is God?" How is religion an issue today? Religion teaches submission. It has always been the best ally of the status quo. Almost any oppressive government or movement in the past and present has chosen religion as its pillar. It helps to decompose reason.... You see, religions feel they don't have to prove anything. "You just have to believe," they say. Can any decent society be based on that?

How is America, or "America in the world," portrayed in Point of No Return? In my novel I try to show America as I know it.... From Manhattan. It's my America; it's where I spent so many years and it's where I learned so much: good and bad. My feelings towards America - towards the United States - are very complex, almost schizophrenic. I am shocked by its performance in the world arena, by its compassionless social policies. I can't live there, anymore, as it is becoming too controlled, too uniformed. I am not kidding, I really feel more free in some god-forsaken place in South America than in New York.... On the other hand, there are so many things which I miss and admire there. I feel that I am living in exile, but America is still my home; maybe my imaginary home. I miss the stories and storytellers, I miss the music: jazz and blues, even Tejano music from Texas. I miss activism and the enthusiasm of American people; their natural gift to push the limits. But it is so confusing.... On one hand, Americans live in denial, consuming stupid propaganda, advertisements, brainless films.... On the other hand, nowhere else have I met so many people that I can trust. I can still trust a person's word or handshake there. --- Commentary on Andre Vltchek's work: "Andre Vltchek tells us about a world that few know, even when they think they do. ... That is because he tells the truth, vividly, with a keen sense of history, and with a perceptive eye that sees past surfaces to reality. The range of his commentary is remarkable, its isights no less so...". - Noam Chomsky "To incorporate into fiction political and social reality that wrenches lives and to honestly and passionately reveal true causes, which is to say, to convey true and useful information and yet also tell a vivid and moving story, is no easy task. ... Andre Vltchek has lived in and incorporates in his work a world beyond most people's experiences that nonetheless contours how we all can live. Read him for the story. Read him for the style. Read him for the insight." -Michael Albert, ZNet "Andre Vltchek's work has the incredible capacity of helping one break free from the culture of denial. His ability to translate reality into fiction is stunningly original and very personal. His work shocks you while at the same time reconnects you with the political realities of today.Wisdom can only from a clear understanding of the past and some brutal honesty. This is the purpose of Andre's political novels." - Anuradha Mittal, The Oakland Institute --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Author

"Are serious topics in novels going to be openly ridiculed and described as outdated? Is it already happening? Are readers going to accept this approach? Are we novelists really expected to become entertainers, clowns, even liars? Are we supposed to forget about all those great novels written in the past? Or are we going to swim with all our strength against the powerful mainstream? I don't think we have much choice. If we float, if we would allow ourselves to be carried by this current, we will end up in the land of irrelevance, oblivion, and shame."

-Andre Vltchek --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Wolfgang B. Sperlich on July 13, 2007
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This novel - endorsed by none other than Noam Chomsky - certainly does wonders in political consciousness raising. The first person narrator takes on the mantle of a war correspondent who traverses the world, trying to establish a semblance of the truth, in a world that is dominated by what a great political novelist long before Vltchek - George Orwell - has termed `newspeak', a world manipulated by big brother media corporations, dedicated only to greed and profit, where war is peace, where political dissent is punished by marginalization and alienation in the West, and worse - by death - in countries where the Western powers demand unyielding obedience. Our war correspondent and main protagonist, Karel, covers places of conflict such as Indonesia, Timor, the Palestine and Peru where he has one of his semi-residential bases. He writes for a magazine in New York. There the editor is at the end of his tether for supporting his motley crew of dissident journalists (including an Italian philosopher and womanizer), but as the plot reaches the climax with two of his writers - Karel and the Italian - exclusively embedded in a fictional war situation somewhere in South America, the editor finally gets his money's worth, especially as his reporters nearly get killed in action, fighting for the rebels. Set in the historical realm of post 9-11, the US military later launch a large scale attack on the hapless South American country that has been taken over by a revolutionary government. In this also as yet fictional battle, "two large South American countries" come to the aid of the invaded country. Others join within minutes. Will South and Central America unite against the aggressors from the North? Will this herald the long awaited downfall of the US oligarchs?Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sakashi Aoki on December 31, 2013
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Written more than a decade ago, this epic book depicts the plight that has afflicted all of us in the world, no matter where we live and what we do. It is a must-read book, now more than ever, which should propel anyone with the ability to think and reflect, to act in his/her capacity. Please do read to march ahead for 2014!
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