Give me real Cassandra stories
July 12, 2022 1:45 PM   Subscribe

I'd like to read books/watch movies in which a person living at a precarious point in history (correctly) predicts doom/chaos/upheaval and meets heavy resistance socially. A Jewish man is living in 1932 Berlin and his family has had it with him saying they may all be killed. A young engineering student living in Tehran in 1977 is ostracized by her classmates because she turns every conversation into "I think a revolution is coming and it will be bad." I want to see people try to balance relationships and the mundanity of day-to-day life even as they're convinced the world is about to turn upside down.

Historical fiction would be fine. First person non-fiction would be terrific.
posted by DirtyOldTown to Media & Arts (5 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
The Garden of the Finzi Continis is a classic for this (book and film)
posted by MarianHalcombe at 3:27 PM on July 12, 2022 [2 favorites]

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
posted by unknowncommand at 4:54 PM on July 12, 2022 [1 favorite]

Victor Klemperer's diaries: I Will Bear Witness. There are three volumes chronicling every day life in Germany from 1933 through 1959.
posted by Constance Mirabella at 5:01 PM on July 12, 2022 [1 favorite]

Don’t Look Up
posted by matildaben at 9:43 PM on July 12, 2022 [3 favorites]

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