Towards a More Manageable Dystopia

“I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness.”

… Allen Ginsberg, ‘Howl’

Graham is struck by …

.. an odd phenomenon. That is, the urge to create fictional dystopias in the face of a real one.

Other dystopian eras gave rise to distinctively original work. Film makers in Soviet-era Eastern Europe, for example, created fantasy masterpieces such as “The Saragossa Manuscript” —

Cinema poster for “Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders” — Jaromil Jires, Czechoslovakia, 1970.

and  ‘Valerie and Her Week of Wonders.’ Not forgetting either that Ginsberg’s ‘Howl’, quoted above, was written against the background of the conformist,  “Father Knows Best” socio culture of 1950s USA, a dystopia all its own.

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