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‘A Backward and Dilapidated Province’? A Conversation on Brexit, England and the Future of Great Britain Between Fintan O’Toole and Hari Kunzru


England’s recent lurch to the right appears to be but one example of the nationalist wave sweeping across the world, yet as Fintan O’Toole suggests in The Politics of Pain, it is, in reality, a phenomenon rooted in World War II and postcolonialism. One must look not to the vagaries of the European Union but, instead, far back to the end of the British empire, in order to understand Brexit, Boris Johnson, and the royal mess in which the British now find themselves. A sympathetic yet unsparing observer, O’Toole asks: How did a great nation bring itself to the point of such willful self-harm? O’Toole will discuss his new book, Brexit, and the current state of English democracy and culture with the novelist Hari Kunzru at McNally Jackson Seaport on Tuesday, November 5 (Guy Fawkes Day!) at 7pm.


McNally Jackson Books (Seaport)
4 Fulton Street,
New York, NY