Doppelganger: A Trip Into the Mirror World by Naomi Klein


Harry: “Doppelganger by Naomi Klein is a book of doubles: of looking into the ‘Mirror World’ at Klein’s own double, the dangerous conspiracist Naomi Wolf, and of looking into capitalism’s own necessary evil double, the conspiracy theory itself. Klein’s prose here is sharp and precise and the book propels you along as if reading a thriller. It is part memoir and part academic inquiry, yet wholly compulsive. Klein shows how the conspiracy theory, in all its wide ranging and fascist implications, continue to obscure class struggle and larger systemic analysis, hence supporting the billionaires and leaving us in a climate of confusion, lethargy, worsening climate change, and neoliberalism – aka weak politics. Honestly, I expected a fairly average socio-political exploration with a few interesting anecdotes, but instead what I got was one of the best reads of the year. Truly, a book I could not put down!” – Bookseller Review

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When Naomi Klein discovered that a woman who shared her first name, but had radically different, harmful views, was getting chronically mistaken for her, it seemed too ridiculous to take seriously. Then suddenly it wasn’t. She started to find herself grappling with a distorted sense of reality, becoming obsessed with reading the threats on social media, the endlessly scrolling insults from the followers of her doppelganger. Why had her shadowy other gone down such an extreme path? Why was identity – all we have to meet the world – so unstable? To find out, Klein decided to follow her double into a bizarre, uncanny mirror world: one of conspiracy theories, anti-vaxxers and demagogue hucksters, where soft-focus wellness influencers make common cause with fire-breathing far right propagandists (all in the name of protecting ‘the children’).

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