Dog 51, by Laurent Gaudé: the best of both worlds

The great achievement of this text is that it shows with incredible coherence a frightening, unequal, indifferent society. 93127492/Jonathan Stutz – stock.adobe.com

CRITICISM – A dystopia where Greece is bought by a firm. A text of a beautiful darkness.

Takeover bid on Greece, but also on the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Bangladesh… In Dog 51Laurent Gaudé draws a frightening world where big companies can buy up indebted countries and organize life as they see fit, by zones: the privileged in zone 1, the middle class, in zone 2, and the poor in zone 3, territory abandoned and dilapidated.

“Check-points” are set up to pass from one area to another. Dog 51 would be a dystopia, an imaginary society, à la Orwell? We want to believe it, but the realism described by Laurent Gaudé is such that everything brings us back to the present. Without doubt, the writer thinks that tomorrow would in fact only be the face of our wanderings today.

Psychological thriller

The great success of this text is that it shows with incredible coherence a frightening, unequal, indifferent society, dark even in the details of its social and political organization, and even in its leisure activities, with in particular the “Lovday”, a kind of Feast of the…

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