The Berlusconi Bonus

The First Draft of Adolphus Hibbert's Confession

By Allan Cameron

Format: Paperback

Set in England in 2048, this political satire tells the story of how Adolphus Hibbert's Berlusconi Bonus, a licence to a life of uninhibited decadence, leads him into a sequence of sexual enconters and a sinister geometry of loyalties and betrayals. This new edition has an introduction by Ilan Pappe and an aferword by Alessandro Barbero.

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Allan Cameron's intriguing novel is set in a near future where the predictions of the US theorist Francis Fukuyama have been taken to their logical conclusions. Fukuyama declared that, with the collapse of the USSR and the hegemony of neoliberal capitalism, history has come to an end. In Cameron's book, history has indeed been halted by decree and the citizens live in a permanent present of spurious consumer choice and endless material consumption, their bovine lives ruled by the embedding of Rational Consumer Implant Cards in their brains. A cardless underclass exists in the Fukuyama Theme Parks, vast squalid concentration camps on the outskirts of cities. At the pinnacle of this society sit those lucky individuals who, because of their dedicated pursuit of stupendous wealth, are awarded the Plutocratic Social Gratitude Award, popularly nicknamed the Berlusconi Bonus as it effectively puts the recipient beyond the law. The book takes the form of a confession by Adolphus Hibbert, a recent beneficiary of the Berlusconi Bonus, who is recruited by the sinister secret police officer Captain Younce to spy on dissident elements.


Adolphus embarks on a dizzying journey among the clandestine opposition, in which he finds love, betrayal and violence; discovering terrifying truths about himself and his society.A" - New Internationalist

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Format Paperback
Imprint Vagabond Voices
Publication Date 13 Aug 2010
ISBN 9780956056092
Number of Pages 224

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- a profound, intelligent novel that asks serious, adult questions about what it means to be alive.A" - Martin Tierney, The Herald The Berlusconi Bonus is an adroit and satisfying satire on the iniquities of present-day life from insane consumerism to political mendacity, globalisation to the War on Terror. It is both very funny and an extremely astute analysis of the evil results of a philosophy which sings the victory song of extreme free-market economics.A" - Peter Wittaker, The New Internationalist I say buy it. It makes you think.A" - Dominic Hilton, The New Humanist Cameron grapples with Fukuyama's theories on the end of the totalitarian ideologies and a plausible future scenario in which 'all Muslims were either massacred or expelled from the Federation' and there are 'no tradesmen now, and there are no artists, musicians or writers.'A" - La Stampa

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