Yes, There Are Some Politically-Oriented British Novelists

There seem to be less politically orientated British novelists now than ever, which seems odd. The only one who springs to mind is the anarchist-leaning writer, Tom McCarthy.

I disagree. John King is quite political. China Mieville is also doing that stuff. Obviously, there’s Irvine Welsh, too. In the 90s, he and John King were completely outselling Martin Amis and co, but John got less attention because he’s from the London suburbs and the English bourgeoisie find Scottish people a bit exotic, and they hate the London working class more than anyone else. James Kelman – he’s another good, political writer.

With regards to Tom McCarthy, I guess the difference between us is that he’s a lot more sympathetic to anarchism than I am. Because of the Cold War, there’s still this assumption that if you’re on the left and you’re not a Bolshevik then you’re an anarchist – but that’s not the case. Actually, from the time of the 1917 Russian revolution, the Mensheviks developed a different position, asking, "What distinguishes Bolshevism from other forms of socialism?" And they traced the Bolsheviks’ methods of organisation back to the Russian Nihilists, who would later become anarchists. So you could argue that it was the Bolsheviks who were the anarchists.


The novelist and provocateur Stewart Home (Proletarian Post-Modernism) in an interview with Vice magazine.

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