Nov 15, 2018
National Book Awards: Isabel Allende warns of 'dark time'
Chilean writer Isabel Allende has warned that "The values and principles that sustain our civilisation are under siege". Speaking at the National Book Awards, the author of The House of the Spirits spoke out about the rise of "Nationalism and racism" in politics. "This is a dark time, my friends," Allende said during her acceptance speech. "A time of nationalism and racism; of cruelty and fanaticism. A time when the values and principles that sustain our civilisation are under siege." "For a writer, nothing is ever quite as bad as it is for other people because, however dreadful, it may be of use," she said as she accepted the award, quoting the British writer Alan Bennett.
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