John Dugdale

Primary Colours

America America

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In The Plot Against America, Philip Roth imagined a far-right Republican candidate triumphing in a presidential election in the 1940s. Perhaps inspired by the success of this exercise in counterfactual historical fiction, Ethan Canin puts at the centre of his fourth novel a failed presidential bid by a fictional Democratic candidate in the 1970s.

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