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Last updated on August 9th, 2017 at 06:12 am
Gregory Day reviews Andrew McGahan’s Underground, a “protest novel written out of a sense of disgust with the political and moral direction of the Australian Government” featuring the characters Leo James (twin brother of the evil Prime Minister, Bernard James) and Aisha, a “fierce blonde strangeling” with terrorist organisation Great Southern Jihad:
They trigger a mass execution of Muslim refugees in the NSW outback, they are selflessly ferried across the Murray River at night by a female Aboriginal elder, they wind up in a walled compound for Muslims on Sydney Road called the Brunswick Ghetto – which is bombed by government aircraft – necessitating their flight through an underground tunnel. And from there they head to Canberra for what can only be described as the book’s mega-denouement.
It is a sickening indictment of the “coalition of the willing” era that that this fluorescently far-fetched plot is almost plausible.
(Via Tony Thomas)
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