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Shorter books – dreams and nightmares


What would have happened if fascism had come to the USA?
Philip Roth Writer
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When the book came out, there were those among its readers who thought it was an allegory of the Bush administration and the... the coming of fascism to America. But I never believed that Bush would bring fascism to America, and I never… and Lindbergh himself doesn't in my book. So the book had to do not with Bush, but it had to do with this question I'd asked myself which intrigued me, what would have happened.


The fame of the American writer Philip Roth (1933-2018) rested on the frank explorations of Jewish-American life he portrayed in his novels. There is a strong autobiographical element in much of what he wrote, alongside social commentary and political satire. Despite often polarising critics with his frequently explicit accounts of his male protagonists' sexual doings, Roth received a great many prestigious literary awards which include a Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1997, and the 4th Man Booker International Prize in 2011.

Listeners: Christopher Sykes

Christopher Sykes is an independent documentary producer who has made a number of films about science and scientists for BBC TV, Channel Four, and PBS.

Tags: America, George HW Bush, Charles Lindbergh

Duration: 36 seconds

Date story recorded: March 2011

Date story went live: 18 March 2013