Cover image from WikipediaIf you’ve never heard of Sinclair Lewis, perhaps you should. He was, in 1930, the first American to win the Nobel Prize for literature. But that’s not why I picked this up – it was a brief Guardian mention about how this, and other dystopian novels such as Brave New World and 1984 were experiencing a resurgence in popularity.

Now, Brave New World I’ve never read, although I’ve heard the CBS Radio Workshop version, and 1984 I’ve read many times (and I’m waiting for the Peter Cushing version to be released on DVD.) But “It Can’t Happen Here”, I’d never heard about before.

The novel centres around Doremus Jessup, editor of the local paper in Fort Beulah. While the paper isn’t particularly partisan, he does pride himself on standing up for truth, justice, the American Way, etc. Then along comes Berzelius Windrip and Lee Sarason – modelled on Hitler and Goebbels, they could just as easily be Trump and Bannon.

There are major spoilers ahead, and should you wish to read it without the benefit of those spoilers, please look away now. Read more