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Trainspotting's author sees "bleak dystopia"

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 01:12

The author of ''Trainspotting'', a grim comedy about young Scottish drug addicts that was a huge hit in the 1990s and still enjoys cult status, sees ''bleak dystopia'' in the age of Donald Trump and Britain's Brexit vote. Scarlett Cvitanovich-Hodge reports.

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Wading into the era of Brexit and Donald Trump, the author of 'Trainspotting' sees "bleak dystopia". Irvine Welsh wrote the grim comedy about young Scottish drug addicts that defined a generation. Depicting an underclass hit by industrial decline and scornful of conventional values. A theme some see as prophetic of 2017 (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUTHOR, IRVINE WELSH, SAYING: ''It's looking at that thing of people basically not having anything to do. And that's why it resonates with people who are not from an industrial working class background, because that was the first group of people that had to face that. But now middle class people are facing that as well. " Britain voted for Brexit last year... a shock move many saw as a protest against established power. The same way Donald Trump's election victory has been viewed. Welsh says Trump's terrible for citizens, but rich material for a writer (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUTHOR, IRVINE WELSH, SAYING: "His inauguration speech was almost like he's the sort of the drunken, sex-offender, racist uncle, who has gate-crashed and taken the microphone off the groom and made the groom's speech, it's such a strange thing." However, he can see a silver lining to Brexit. Believing it will give England an opportunity to debate who it is as a nation. At a time of popular rejection of establishment politics... The release of 'T2 Trainspotting' fits right in.

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Trainspotting's author sees "bleak dystopia"

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 01:12