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'Checkpoint' expresses society's views

June 29, 2004 at 5:01 PM

NEW YORK, June 29 (UPI) -- Nicholson Baker uses his book "Checkpoint," about a plot to kill George Bush, to express society's discontent with the U.S. president, one source said.

The 115-page fictional novella, set to be released Aug. 24, the eve of the Republican National Convention, follows the vein of Michael Moore's controversial film "Fahrenheit 9/11" in its criticism of Bush, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.

The work "is a portrait of an anguished protagonist pushed to extremes. Baker is using the framework and story structure as a narrative device to express the discontent many in America are feeling right now," said publisher Alfred A. Knopf spokesman Paul Bogaards.

"It is not the first time a novelist has chosen fiction to express their point of view about American society or politics," he said. "Upton Sinclair did it. So did John Steinbeck. Nick Baker does it with more nerve and fewer pages."

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