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- Ayn Rand
The originCurrent review by: KollegeKraftwagenAyn Rand's novels are American classics. For many Americans, "Atlas Shrugged" is the second most important book after the Bible, as I've read. On a recommendation - it was the most American of the American, you couldn't understand the American peoples soul without having read this book - so I decided on this ham ... and was appalled. From a literary point of view, the very bottom cabin, terribly bad dialogues, garish black and white drawings, real heroes and nasty villains - quite the level of an early Superman comic. But that is not by chance either, both are products of the 1940s and Ayn Rand in particular is a prototypical representative of the era of McCarthyism, right-wing conspiracy theories, the madness of progress that goes over corpses. Today it would probably sound a little different. Ayn Rand tramples on human rights: what is the life of thousands of useless people compared to such a superhuman who founds a newspaper empire or builds it innovatively and economically? I got hot and cold while reading, I learned to fear the worldview of the author and her time. This mania for cleanliness, which only wants to accept individual strengths, and this paranoid fear of everything that relates to social organization and society is as terrifying as it is revealing. The mere fact that she knows so certain what is good and what is bad, that she knows the objective truth and wants to teach us ignoramuses, is very questionable. The 40s must have been really dark. Despite all these objections, I actually finished the book and rubbed it for a long time. Through this book you get an idea of the neoliberal worldview, of the radicalism of American individualism, the origin of the American dream (because of course everyone identifies with the shining hero and not with the cretins who get under the wheels). On the other hand, the book also teaches self-confidence. It encourages you to refer to your own strengths, to act, to go your own way, without letting yourself be taken in for other purposes. A bit of the ruthless strength rubs off and can straighten the stooped up a little. And heroism is always a bit contagious, even if it comes across as woodcut like here. This is a deeply American and completely un-European book, a bible of selfishness, a pamphlet against morality and social responsibility. Rand tirelessly hammered her ideology into our heads, radical, unyielding, obsessive, manipulative. Boundlessly daunting and deeply fascinating. I am an avid reader of literary texts from all eras and languages, but I have never read anything like it ...
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