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Sputnik Caledonia Paperback – 2008
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In this context the middle (the second out of three) part of the book, which is a dark communist dystopia, has an ambiguity that other similar dystopias (for example 1984) lack, making us to question not so about the reality of the story in the book (for which the author finally provides a kind of answer) as about history itself: Is this fictional nightmare a parallel universe that could really happen in Scotland as it r e a l l y did in other countries after SWW, or is it just the way human sub conscience, or fear, or even illness –or just literature!-has created it?
The two children in the book (in the first and the third part correspondingly) represent the unlimited creative possibilities of man which social and family structures ignore and often destroy. The father is a very realistic, common, next-door character, one that tends to explain everything with conspiracy theories and who, though believing just the opposite about himself, is in fact a narrow-minded and conservative person.
Yet the peak of the book is that one gorgeous moment, when after having for 500 pages contemplated on parallel universes and politics, the reader faces the father’s pain, his loneliness and his love for the son, in that crucial night beside the river of the little town. The contrast to the whole atmosphere of the book is so strong and abrupt, the appearance of the feelings so unprepared, solid and naked, that this single page brings literally tears.
A book not easily read, but sealed in mind when finished.