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Den algeriske forfatteren Boualem Sansal tør å tematisere islams trussel mot sivilisasjonen. Han er derfor nesten ukjent i Norge.

Men de som kan dansk eller engelsk kan lese hans bøker. Hans nyeste bok er en dystopi. Sansal har lagt 100 år til Orwells berømte bok og har døpt den 2084 – The End of the World.

This is a powerful satire on an Islamist dictatorship. It is unsurprising that Sansal’s writings are censored in his native Algeria.

The religious structure of the political state is familiar. The one true god is Yolah and his prophet or ‘Delegate’ is Abi. Abi’s book, the Gkabul, is the foundation of the religion; it is sacrosanct and immutable. Places of worship are mockbas and the nation is named Abistan after the true disciple. There are nine calls to prayer each day. An official language has been instituted, Abilang. Orwell’s Newspeak chimes in the memory.

The state’s hierarchy mimics regimes we recognise. Abistan has its supreme leader, its Just Brotherhood, its Apparatus, ministries that oversee every aspect of society; they all watch over a cowed and depressed population. Anyone who is detected dissenting from established views, by official investigation or by the evidence of informers, is arrested and taken for public execution by stoning or beheading to one of many stadiums. Women are hardly noticeable and rarely mentioned; their masks and burniqabs render them ‘fleeting shadows’.

Man får en snikende følelse av parallellitet: Sansals bøker sensureres i hjemlandet Algerie, men hva med de vesteuropeiske landene som heller ikke vil utgi ham? Hva skyldes motviljen? Er det uttrykk for annet enn islams voksende innflytelse at man ikke vil utgi bøker som handler om den største trusselen Vesten står overfor?

Document får opplyst at 2084 faktisk utkommer på norsk i nær fremtid. Gledelig.

Les om utgivelsen her.

 

 

2084: The End of the WorldBoualem Sansal, translated from the French by Alison Anderson

Europa Editions, pp.240, £11.99

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