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Camp of the Saints    Le Camp des Saints

by Jean Raspail

Someone writes to Amazon:

Definitely makes you think in regards to immigration from Mexico to the US and the whole debate on building the wall, etc. to contain it. I also enjoy how stereotypes were used as it is stereotypes which are used daily when people make decisions or think about stuff.

The book is fiction, first published in 1973 and written by a young Frenchman. It's about migrant invasions that destroy Western Civilization. President Trump's advisor, Steve Bannon, concerned with saving Western Civilization, referred to the book in October 2015. He said:

It’s been almost a Camp of the Saints-type invasion into Central and then Western and Northern Europe.

In January 2016:

The whole thing in Europe is all about immigration... It’s a global issue today — this kind of global Camp of the Saints

Later that same January:

It’s not a migration. It’s really an invasion. I call it the Camp of the Saints.

(The above three quotes taken from an article written by Paul Blumenthal and JM Rieger)

Another comment to Amazon:

Superb translation, gripping story and hauntingly prescient. Other reviewers have called Raspall zenophobic and racist, but if this were a story by a Native American about Europeans swarming over tribal land in North America, would they call that author zenophobic and racist? For those who are in the throes of pc paralysis, this novel might offend you. For the rest of us, it is a fearless example of thought-provoking literature by a brilliant author who doesn't pander to the chronically sensitive or the anti-First World crowd.

Wikipedia's review:

The novel depicts a setting wherein Third World mass immigration to France and the West leads to the destruction of Western civilization. The title is a reference to the Book of Revelation (Rev 20:9). Almost forty years after its initial publication, the novel returned to the bestseller list in 2011.

Near the end of the story the mayor of New York City is made to share Gracie Mansion with three families from Harlem, the Queen of the United Kingdom must agree to have her son marry a Pakistani woman, and only one drunken Soviet soldier stands in the way of thousands of Chinese people as they swarm into Siberia. The one holdout until the end of the novel is Switzerland, but by then international pressure isolating it as a rogue state for not opening its borders forces it to capitulate.

The author, Raspail, wrote in a forward:

the fact remains that we are inevitably heading for something of the sort. We need only glance at the awesome population figures predicted for the year 2000, i.e., twenty-eight years from now: seven billion people, only nine hundred million of whom will be white. But what good would it do?

A reader comments to Amazon:

... a cesspool of racist rants. At times I thought surely the author is exaggerating his characters' views in order to provide satire. But, no. In the end, I truly believe the author believes that refugees are filthy, sex-crazed mongrels not worthy of owning names -- unless you count "monster" and "turd eater" as names. The hate seethes from every page.

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