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Volume 15, Number 2 (1990)

Bashing the Fascists: The Moral Dimensions of Findley's Fiction

  • David Ingham
May 22, 2008
June 6, 1990


What one sees in the fiction of Timothy Findley is not a movement from fictional worlds into fiction itself. Rather, what binds the fiction together is Findley's complex thematic concept of fascism. This is not to say that all the works have the same theme, but they share strikingly similar moral dimensions: all of his books (The Butterfly Plague, Famous Last Words, Can You See Me Yet?, The Last of the Crazy People, Not Wanted on the Voyage, The Telling of Lies, Dinner Along the Amazon, Stones, and The Wars) strive to show the pitfalls that fascist thinking places around us -- its infectiousness, its poison, and its attraction -- not just as a society, but also within the family and the individual.