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  • A Trip into the Mirror World
  • Written by: Naomi Klein
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  • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
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Doppelganger

Written by: Naomi Klein
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#1 NATIONAL BESTELLER

Shortlisted for the 2024 Writers' Prize

A New York Times Notable Book of 2023 • Vulture’s #1 Best Book of the Year • The Globe and Mail EsquireThe Guardian • CBC TIME The Boston Globe Harpers’ Bazaar Slate Electric Lit

What if you woke up one morning and found you'd acquired another self—a double who was almost you and yet not you at all? What if that double shared many of your preoccupations but, in a twisted, upside-down way, furthered the very causes you'd devoted your life to fighting against?

Not long ago, Naomi Klein had just such an experience—she was confronted with a doppelganger whose views she found abhorrent but whose name and public persona were similar enough to her own that many people confused her for the other. For a vertiginous moment, she lost her bearings. And then she got interested, in a reality that seems to be warping and doubling like a digital hall of mirrors. It’s happening in our politics as New Age wellness entrepreneurs turned anti-vaxxers find common cause with fire-breathing far right propagandists (all in the name of protecting “the children”). It’s happening in our culture as AI gobbles up music, paintings, fiction and everything in between and spits out imitations that threaten to overtake the originals. And it’s happening to many of us as individuals as we create digital doubles of ourselves, filtered and curated just so for all the other duplicates to see.

An award-winning journalist, bestselling author, public intellectual and activist, Naomi Klein writes books that orient us in our time. She has offered essential accounts of what branding, austerity, and climate profiteering have done to our societies and souls. Now, as liberal democracies teeter on the edge, Klein takes aim at absurdist authoritarianism, using a keen sense of the ridiculous to face the doubles that haunt us. Part tragicomic memoir, part chilling reportage and cobweb-clearing analysis, Doppelganger invites readers on a wild ride, smashing through the mirror world, charting a path beyond despair towards true solidarity.

©2023 Knopf (P)2023 Knopf Canada

What the critics say

“I’ve been raving about Naomi Klein’s Doppelganger . . . I can’t think of another text that better captures the berserk period we’re living through.”—Michelle Goldberg, The New York Times

“On her highbrow romp through this disturbing underworld, Klein’s writing is clear, dynamic, ruthlessly honest, imbued with a rare integrity. She brings unusual rigor to her examinations of herself, including her flaws. She is that nearly extinct breed of activist: one who never stops questioning orthodoxies and interrogating her own beliefs. Doppelganger showcases her superb ability to cut through clichés and received ideas, as well as intellectual conventions. . . . There is something hopeful in this project, in its sheer intellectual ambition and range, its effort to pick apart and decipher the absurdities and ironies of our political derangement, which almost no other writer could pull off. If I had to name a single book that makes sense of these last few dark years, it would be this one.”Katie Roiphe, The New York Times

"Doppelganger is an in-depth critique of what late-stage capitalism hath wrought. . . . It’s also much more. Klein wields her polymathic expertise like a sword, slicing through the mirror world via political theory; tech anxiety; literary criticism; and films famous and obscure. . . . You can’t help but be invigorated by Klein’s intellectual synthesis and dexterity, even as her gimlet eye makes you want to run screaming into the night. . . . Timely and timeless, a work in a grand tradition."Los Angeles Times

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Thoughtful and well written

This book has many layers to it. It is a reflection of Naomi Klein’s career and her juxtaposition to “the other Naomi”. It was well worth the listen. Reflective and informative.

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Fascinating, well written, well read

I’ve long respected Naomi Klein for her tireless work and writing on behalf of the working class, the marginalized and our beleaguered planet. That said, I’ve tended to place actually reading her longer works in the ‘eating your peas’ file, rarely prioritized. Not so here. I’m well into this audiobook and it is extremely fascinating, beautifully written and read, as enjoyable as it is concerning. Once again, Klein connects the dots to articulate with startling clarity what the rest of us are dimly aware of as we grind through “how we live now”. Highly recommend.

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Masterful assessment of current ideologies and pseudo ideologies

At the end of the day, being a compassionate, community-centric globalist who can see all sides and properly suss out conspiracy from reality is what we in the western societies are obliged to do to make things better. This is a very intelligent and enlightening look at current issues.

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Much better than promo interviews suggest

I watched several interviews Klein did when the book came out. In each case, the interview focused on unpacking the books title and the link between Klein and the 'other Naomi' -- her internet doppelganger Naomi Wolf. While the interviews did a nice job of explaining the book's hook, I feared the book itself wasn't much more than the superficial parallel discussed in the interviews. and lacked the substantive import found in her other books. Having read it, I now know that fear was misplaced. While the book doesn't have a clear through line that allows it to be adequately summarized in a sentence or two (as is the case for The Shock Doctrine), it, like No Logo, pulls together an eclectic variety of threads and successfully weaves them together around a single concept (in this case, the Doppelganger). As such, it doesn't give you a tidy explanation of the mirror world, but, rather. provides a useful set of tools for thinking about it.

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An enormous intellect whose all seeing gaze is offered with tenderness and humility. Bravo

An interesting take on the polarity of our society that boasts the courage and humility to see one's own faults and complicity in the lies our society is built on. If only every person who claims to do their own research would add this work to their list. If only everyone who sneers at them would read it too. A poignant reminder that we need each other.

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awesome and brave

I loved this book. Rich with insight and great thought. And she reads her own words with depth and clarity.

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Insightful journey

I thoroughly enjoyed this trip in the mirror world. Klein weaves a deeply personal story and investigation, with some of today’s big existential questions and complications we face as a society.

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Great book!

Really gives a context the divided society we seem to be moving more and more towards.

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Insightful and well researched

I surprisingly binged this book. It is a bit long-winded and read slowly (I went to 1.25 speed and that worked well for me) but the content is varied and insightful. It looks at the doppelganger phenomenon from many different perspectives. I was impressed by Naomi Klein's willingness to fully immerse herself in what she calls the mirror world. It is so worth reading to understand why the world feels so strange and upside down right now. It's also worth reading to get a grip on what to do to stay sane and help. Very much recommended reading if you feel confused and helpless in this crazy world.

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Addictive Read

I was hiding in the bathroom from my husband to keep listening to the deeply personal, well-sourced and informative book.

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