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Reflections of a working writer and reader



The Police At The Door

I’m expecting a raid. When the police come to my house, they’ll find a shelf full of books glorifying terrorism. In The Minimanual of the Urban Guerrilla, by Carlos Marighella, they’ll find detailed instructions on waging war against the state. Among the Red Army Faction communiques they’ll find statements like this: “Either a pig or a man, either survival at any price or a fight to the death.” There are books with practical details about bomb-making, hand-to-hand combat, chemical weapons and poisons. When they analyse my hard drive, they’ll realise I’ve looked at all sorts of material, on sites maintained by unsavoury people – jihadists, racists, religious cults.

Harri Kunzru, wondering who is knocking

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