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Raphaël Enthoven: "The tyranny that we must fear has nothing to do with the classical dictatorship"

2022-01-07T05:19:56.439Z

BIG INTERVIEW - In his new novel, Krasnaïa, or when men are stupid, the philosopher revisits George Orwell's Animal Farm. But where the British writer presented a satire of Soviet totalitarianism, Enthoven attacks the "sly despotisms" in ...



THE FIGARO MAGAZINE.

- Your new book,

Krasnaya

, is inspired by Orwell's dystopian fable,

The Animal Farm

… How do you explain the current craze for Orwell's work and more broadly for the dystopian form in literature, but also cinema and series?

Raphaël ENTHOVEN.

- The enthusiasm for Orwell comes from a misunderstanding about his work, cleverly maintained by those who recommend reading it without having read it themselves.

We believe we find Orwell each time in a democracy, the state produces a law that some see as a constraint.

Health law?

Orwell!

Fake news law?

Orwell!

Emergency state?

1984

!

It's too easy.

And it is wrong.

There is no common measure between the health laws, the provisions of the state of emergency or the law on fake news and the Soviet tyranny that Orwell describes in

1984 .

and elsewhere.

It is in another way that Orwell was visionary and it is one of the wonders of his work: while he describes tyrannies ...

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