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The Plot against America

Philip Roth
2004, 391 p.

What if the well-known pilot Charles Lindbergh, instead of F.D. Roosevelt, had won the American elections in 1940? In what way would his anti-Semitic ideas have influenced American citizens and their way of life? Philip Roth rewrites a few years in American history and their impact on his own Jewish family and the Jewish community in Newark, where he grew up. What is it like to be a seven-year-old boy, to see and hear things you do not understand, to feel your safe daily life being threatened? How do large political issues affect the small family world? In a sublime way Roth combines true and fictional events, thus creating a convincing alternate history.


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