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An Ethereal, Right-Wing Epic
by Esther Hartstein
31 December 2002

A new novel out by Esther Hartstein details the life of a young woman who becomes conservative not because of a prosperous upbringing, which liberals think must be the case with all conservatives since they don't understand them, but because of the hardships the young woman has endured.

As Republican ideologues, we have been exposed to a fair amount of objective material affirming and shaping our politics. With the switch of a radio dial, we can access Rush Limbaugh, and with the click of a mouse, we can read up facts debunking liberal lunacies on the Heritage Foundation's website.

Finally, a new novel shows us a Republican coming from a different perspective. Her anti- socialist views were not inspired by swanky DC think- tanks, but by seeing her parents gunned down as a youth. Her prosperity ethic was not born through dreams of BMW's, but through poverty, through the layers and layers of red tape preventing a country of peasants from finding food. She has not known the luxury of seeing America attacked for its "greed" by suited "progressives" on TV. Her nightmares are full of such progressives running a country at gunpoint. In her world, liberalism takes down more than Christmas trees. I t takes down lives.

The novel frames deep passions, thoughts, and conflicts against a beautiful backdrop of fairies, myths, and classical writing style. It is written in cover-to-cover poetry. Where the novel gets bogged down in linguistic limbo and analytical overkill, there's always that warm, humming rhythm to keep you enthralled. "How was it born, this nation of high creed/ A nation not in common seed/ but something greater. What?/ From flighty intangibles and mystery mists/ a nation born of nothing but." (page 42). Even those who do not agree or understand the heroine's assessment of the United States can find themselves swept along y the novel's dreamy narrative.

In this book, Good, symbolized by the Greek myth Eros, and Evil, symbolized by the Roman myth Pluto (please don't ask) take potshots at each other with each twist of the heroine's life. This is an example of the book's reoccurring motif of good and evil fighting. In ordinary prose, this childish make-believe would seem absurd, but here, it makes for great poetry. In the bizarre yet beautiful world of this new novel, the idea of a struggling immigrant with Dream Spinners, Greco-Roman deities, and rainbow-haired creatures called Firebrands secretly running her life somehow manages to make perfect sense.

This book is a book of contrasts. But no contrast shocks the pages of this book like that of the heroine herself. At 18 years old, she moves to Florida where she flips burgers while attempting to earn a GED. In time, with classic determination, she becomes an executive, campaigns for current governor Jeb Bush, then lobbies his commander-in-chief brother to remove the government of her native country. A catholic, the eccentric lady loves debating her adamant theism, and takes up 10 pages of the book pursuing this hobby. When confronting an atheist who argues that G-d cannot be proven because He cannot be seen, she quips, "What intellect has he or she/ for whom 'existence' is what they see? / ……….to think with naught but eyesight. Fight! / Be no dupe of your perception!" (pages 61-62). The book is about a spiritual journey as well as a physical one. You can see yourself in the heroine, find yourself cheering for her, even as she seems a distant bubble of inspiration on the horizon: awesome, aloof, and untouchable.

Republicanism has made great strides. On radio, TV, internet, and in print, it has fought for and won a stage. It has gone from being debased to being debated. It is time for our philosophy to become romanticized. The fictional world should become the next stepping- stone of its revolutionary takeover.

The heroine of this book is Furtada Bonitez. Its title is "Eros Wins the Battle". And I am its proud author.

("Eros Wins the Battle," by Esther Hartstein, can be purchased at Amazon.com.)

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A multi-award winning poet, Esther has written a book, "Eros Wins The Battle", about a U.S. immigrant fighting for regime change in her native country. The book, filled with Greek myths and poetry, is available at BN.com (Barnes and Nobel) and Amazon.com.