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EDINBURGH (Reuters) – The author of “Trainspotting”, a grim comedy about young Scottish drug addicts that proved a huge hit in the 1990s and still enjoys cult status, sees “bleak dystopia” in the age of Donald Trump and Britain’s Brexit vote.
The novel by Scottish writer Irvine Welsh, depicting an underclass hit by industrial decline and scornful of conventional values, looks as relevant as ever in an era marked by popular rejection of establishment politics.
Era - Nationalism - World - Strangers - Welsh
“We seem to be in a very bleak dystopian era of ultra- nationalism, and the world has become smaller and suspicious of strangers,” said Welsh, who has published another 10 books since “Trainspotting”, his first novel.
Britain voted to end its 40-year membership of the European Union last June in a shock referendum result many saw as a protest against the established order. Trump’s victory in the U.S. presidential election has been viewed in the same way.
Welsh - Reuters - Interview - Outcomes - Material
Welsh told Reuters in an interview that such outcomes provided rich material for a writer but said it was “terrible” for ordinary citizens.
Commenting on Trump’s combative inauguration speech, in which he pledged to “put America first”, Welsh compared the president to a “drunken uncle” who gate-crashes a wedding party and makes the groom’s speech for him.
Welsh - Headlines - Week - Release - T2
Welsh is back in the headlines this week with the release of “T2 Trainspotting”, a film by director Danny Boyle that picks up the story 20...
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