The Story of O: A Presidential Novel

January 21, 2011  |  

(The Guardian) — One route through the opacity of public fact is political fiction. On Tuesday, Simon & Schuster will publish, in both America and the UK, a book called O: A Presidential Novel, a fictional account of the Obama administration which is credited to “Anonymous”, the nom-de-plume of someone who, according to the publisher’s website, “has been in the room with Obama and wishes to remain anonymous”. This project has an obvious affinity with a novel published during the first term of the previous Democrat to occupy the White House: Primary Colors, released by Random House in January 1996, was also initially attributed to “Anonymous” but later revealed to be the work of the political journalist Joe Klein.

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