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HT podcast: On why there’s a resurgence of interest in dystopian fiction

Welcome to SoundRead, the books podcast of Hindustan Times, where we discuss issues and news from the world of books and publishing every week.

books Updated: Feb 10, 2017 15:16 IST
English novelist George Orwell’s novel 1984 topped Amazon.com’s bestsellers list last week after US President Trump’s advisor Kellyanne Conway famously offered “alternative facts” in a TV interview.
English novelist George Orwell’s novel 1984 topped Amazon.com’s bestsellers list last week after US President Trump’s advisor Kellyanne Conway famously offered “alternative facts” in a TV interview.

Welcome to SoundRead, the weekly books podcast of Hindustan Times, where we discuss issues and news on books, publishing and the world at large.

Our inaugural podcast discusses the idea of dystopia in different cultures, and looks at such classics of the genre as English novelist George Orwell’s 1949 novel 1984. Incidentally, it topped Amazon.com’s bestsellers list last week after US President Trump’s advisor Kellyanne Conway famously offered “alternative facts” in a TV interview. Continuing the trend, another dystopian fiction, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale topped the list this week. This first edition of SoundRead features Manjula Narayan and Supriya Sharma in conversation with author G Sampath, who sets the dystopian stories in his new book Autoplay in a futuristic Hindu Aryan Indian Republic.

Is the rise of right-wing nationalism across the world causing this pessimism? Are we headed towards a dystopian future? Have utopia and its opposite been sufficiently explored in Indian English literature? Join us as we discuss these questions and more. Click on the orange arrow on the player below to start listening to the podcast.

SoundRead will be back next week with a fresh discussion. If there are any books and topics you’d like us to talk about, tweet at @httweets with the hashtag #SoundRead and your suggestions.

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