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Uncivil war

My novel is not particularly prescient, it’s more that reality is now encroaching on fiction, writes OMAR EL AKKAD

PERSONAL ESSAY

IT IS SEPTEMBER of 2015 and we have come to the Ronald Reagan library in California to watch the disintegration of the Republican Party. I am one of hundreds of journalists from around the world shuttled to the library’s giant glass hangar, which, tonight, will host the Republican presidential debate. Participating in this ritual is a cadre of contenders so numerous and overwhelmingly disliked that organizers have had to split off the worst-performing candidates into a separate “kiddie debate.”

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