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Point of No Return

Vltchek, Andre

Verlag: Mainstay Press, 2013
ISBN 10: 0977459071 / ISBN 13: 9780977459070
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Titel: Point of No Return

Verlag: Mainstay Press

Erscheinungsdatum: 2013

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Inhaltsangabe: POINT OF NO RETURN shows the world through the eyes of a war correspondent, working in conflict zones avoided by the mainstream media, unveiling the dire state of today?s world, its disparities and brutal post-colonial arrangement ? including the imperialist push for Western hegemony. ?Point of No Return is one of the great novels of the 21st century. It deserves a wide readership and serious critical appraisal. Over a half century ago, in his important book "American Moderns - From Rebellion to Conformity," the great literary critic Maxwell Geismar noted that "Our best literary work has come from writers who are outside [the dominant] intellectual orbit, where [capitalist] panic has slowly subsided into inertia." Geismar anticipates Vltchek. Point of No Return explodes from that vital realm far beyond hegemonic control.? ? Tony Christini ?Point of No Return is riveting.? - Paulin Cesari (Le Figaro) ?André Vltchek is a writer, the real thing, of the same calibre and breed as Hemingway and Malraux.? - Catherine Merveilleux ?Andre Vltchek tells us about a world that few know, even when they think they do. That is because he tells the truth, vividly, with a keen sense of history, and with a perceptive eye that sees past surfaces to reality?? ? Noam Chomsky ?This gripping novel blends fiction and autobiography; it reflects the experience of the author as a war correspondent while drawing the portrait of a globalized world coming apart at the seams. A political novel after the fashion of Malraux? it is also a meditation on the state of the world (and of literature), and a raucous escapade to the far corners of the globe.? - Le Grand Soir ?Iconoclastic Adventurer: The lives of great reporters are fascinating. Long before establishing his credentials as a poet, essayist, documentary filmmaker and even a novelist, Andre Vltchek, was a journalist. Donning this hat once again, he revisits his years as an intrepid reporter...? - Caroline Mangez (Paris Match) ?Vltchek has written a colourful and elegantly crafted novel with a political stance that will engage some and provoke others but is always heart-felt and sincere.? ? Lila Rajiva

Vom Verlag: An Interview With Andre Vltchek

To what extent do the attacks of 9-11 factor into your novel — Point of No Return? 9-11 was a shock to all of us. Time to reflect, to re-think our position in the world as well as the position of the United States. I added the 9-11 chapter and some references to 9-11 to the Point of No Return after initially drafting the novel; I just had to; it seemed to be relevant - no way out of it. Without it, my novel didn't seem to be complete.

You have written that you hope your novel "gets people thinking." About what, in particular? About the state of the world in which we are all living. Politicians and economists are blurring the whole picture. Sometimes it seems that the course of development can't be changed. In reality it can be.... And the global picture is very simple. A small group of historically aggressive nations is still ruling the world. The economic system which it promotes has nothing to do with humanism; with solidarity, compassion, willingness to share. We have billions of people rotting in gutters all over the world. Hundreds of millions of people dying from curable or at least controllable diseases. The rich world is still plundering the rest of the planet; stealing raw materials, employing people for a pittance.... If poor nations resist, the rich world stages coups or something worse.... And it is all legitimized through the United Nations which were sidelined, made truly impotent.... It is so obvious, as Chomsky likes to say.

How is religion treated in Point of No Return? Why does one of the characters in the novel ask, "What color is God?" How is religion an issue today? Religion teaches submission. It has always been the best ally of the status quo. Almost any oppressive government or movement in the past and present has chosen religion as its pillar. It helps to decompose reason.... You see, religions feel they don't have to prove anything. "You just have to believe," they say. Can any decent society be based on that?

How is America, or "America in the world," portrayed in Point of No Return? In my novel I try to show America as I know it.... From Manhattan. It's my America; it's where I spent so many years and it's where I learned so much: good and bad. My feelings towards America - towards the United States - are very complex, almost schizophrenic. I am shocked by its performance in the world arena, by its compassionless social policies. I can't live there, anymore, as it is becoming too controlled, too uniformed. I am not kidding, I really feel more free in some god-forsaken place in South America than in New York.... On the other hand, there are so many things which I miss and admire there. I feel that I am living in exile, but America is still my home; maybe my imaginary home. I miss the stories and storytellers, I miss the music: jazz and blues, even Tejano music from Texas. I miss activism and the enthusiasm of American people; their natural gift to push the limits. But it is so confusing.... On one hand, Americans live in denial, consuming stupid propaganda, advertisements, brainless films.... On the other hand, nowhere else have I met so many people that I can trust. I can still trust a person's word or handshake there. --- Commentary on Andre Vltchek's work: "Andre Vltchek tells us about a world that few know, even when they think they do. ... That is because he tells the truth, vividly, with a keen sense of history, and with a perceptive eye that sees past surfaces to reality. The range of his commentary is remarkable, its isights no less so...". - Noam Chomsky "To incorporate into fiction political and social reality that wrenches lives and to honestly and passionately reveal true causes, which is to say, to convey true and useful information and yet also tell a vivid and moving story, is no easy task. ... Andre Vltchek has lived in and incorporates in his work a world beyond most people's experiences that nonetheless contours how we all can live. Read him for the story. Read him for the style. Read him for the insight." -Michael Albert, ZNet "Andre Vltchek's work has the incredible capacity of helping one break free from the culture of denial. His ability to translate reality into fiction is stunningly original and very personal. His work shocks you while at the same time reconnects you with the political realities of today.Wisdom can only from a clear understanding of the past and some brutal honesty. This is the purpose of Andre's political novels." - Anuradha Mittal, The Oakland Institute

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