Fenek Solére is a British novelist and author who, in addition to his novels, write reviews, articles and features for websites such as Counter-Currents and Patriotic Alternative. We talked with him about his novels, metapolitical activism and other interesting topics.
Tell us a bit about yourself and how did you first become active on the Dissident Right?
Despite the continental sound of my pseudonym, I am in fact of Cymric origin that is a Celt by any other name. I come from a tribal people inhabiting the west of Britain, and from a land full of chambered tombs, cairns, ancient mounds, hill forts and castles. My childhood was coloured with mythical tales from the Mabinogion, a text which some scholars argue was a major influence on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion. So I guess you could say I was immersed in the legends of the European peoples from the very beginning.
Such an upbringing also developed certain instincts like an interest in history, a curiosity about culture and a voracious reading habit. This was a trajectory that led me to value various national and regional traditions, and filled me with a real passion to preserve them. A vocation that inevitably led both me and those that felt like me into direct conflict with the agents of corrosive modernity and liberal progressivism, anti-Western civilizational viewpoints that have now metastasized into Renaud Camus’s Great Replacement and Klaus Schwab’s Great Reset but had its roots as far back as the post-Second World War Morgenthau Plan, and utilizes global finance, mass migration and events like the Covid-19 pandemic to further what is an egregious agenda.
I had picked threads and patterns through the writings of people like Jean Thiriart from the early 1960’s, which are available in recent publications like The Great Nation: Unitarian Europe – From Brest to Bucharest (2018), and the veteran British nationalist John Tyndall’s book The Eleventh Hour: A Call for British Rebirth (1988). Those are only two examples among very many inspirational texts that gave me the intellectual ammunition to counter the faux narratives I was being force fed in school. Such circumstances rapidly resulted in verbal clashes with ultra-liberal teachers in class room debates, shouting matches in the school yard with a loose affiliation of wannabe social justice warriors, and then escalated into actual physical conflict when militant cadres of what has now mutated into groups like Anti-Fascist Action decided to get involved.
What impact did such developments have on you?
Those were the Events that marked my transition, much like Peter Janssen the central protagonist in my novel Resistance, from what is commonly termed a ‘normie’ into a political activist of the Dissident Right. Within a few short years saw I stood in university student elections as a radical right candidate and was denounced as having ‘fascist sympathies’ by the Marxist and Trotskyite wings of the college union. Those accusations placed me front and center in some really controversial and riotous situations.
What do you believe are the main advantages of using such a medium as a novel to spread our ideas, as opposed to non-fiction political and philosophical books?
I chose the fictional novel format for advancing our world view because of its immediacy and accessibility. Even hardcore veterans struggle with heavy philosophical texts like Oswald Spengler’s Decline of the West (1918) or Alain De Benoist’s View from the Right (1977), so I decided to incorporate the numerous strands of right wing intellectual thinking into action packed stories filled with characters that our young activists could identify with, which takes the reader on a journey through an all too recognizable and dystopian landscape, armed with references to some of the key thinkers and precepts we hold dear.
In effect, my stories also hold a mirror to the globalists’ proposed future and are making them accountable, if only figuratively at this point, for the cruelty and violence of the long slow-genocide they are already inflicting upon us, and which will only grow worse over time. The books are meant to excite and fascinate and offer a comprehensive response to the banality and falsehoods of the Left/Liberal writers who languish in the lies of anti-colonialism, slavery and the LGBT Plus agit-prop so heavily promoted as part of the anti-white culture war by the major publishing houses.
In your latest novel Resistance we follow the path of the main protagonist Peter Janssen from being a typical modern »woke« leftist who becomes a political soldier of the Right. What can you tell us about this novel, and how is it connected with your other books?
Resistance, published by Skylore Books, is a fulcrum narrative, bringing together all the various strands of the tales that have gone before, and laying the groundwork for the stories yet to come. The central character Peter Janssen makes his first appearance in my legendarium in Rising, where, as an experienced political soldier, he operates undercover in St. Petersburg during a controversial right wing conference.
In Resistance, we take a step back in time and track Janssen’s personal growth from a childhood overshadowed by a domineering self-righteous liberal mother, through the Pavlovian anti-white school and university training in the Low Countries under the tyrannical control of Brussels, until he emerges in the second half of the novel as a seasoned warrior for our cause. Janssen is an ‘idealized’ activist, a man of action as well as keen intellect. The sort of prototype we need to fill our ranks from Vancouver to Siberia, and Aarhus to Wellington in New Zealand.
Tell us a bit about the other novels that you have written. Do you plan to write any new novels, and if so, will they be connected to the already published novels, and their stories?
I have already published books entitled The Partisan (2014) set in France, Rising (2017) based in Russia, Kraal (2019) with a focus on South Africa and Resistance (2021) which is my take on the EU . All of which are interconnected in order to present a holistic picture of a fictional world that anticipates where we are heading politically, economically and demographically unless we take steps now to halt the continued assault on our white homelands.
Each book cross references characters and events in the others while they also stand as independent stories and sometimes share characters who are integral to the plot as a whole, such as Sabine from The Partisan, who by the way reappears in my new book Reconquista which is about to be released by Arktos and returns to the story of The Partisan, and ‘back-fills’ some of the adventures she and her boyfriend Luc undertake prior to their legendary shoot out with the enemy just outside Arles.
In the second half of Resistance a sort of a civil war breaks out between the traditionalists and the globalist forces of the EU. Do you believe that we have already reached the stage where ultimately, despite various kinds of activism, the armed struggle will be the only way to stem the tide of globalism, and release Europe from bondage, or is this just a warning, and one of various scenarios, which may happen in the future?
Although my stories incorporate guerilla warfare, they are meant to discourage rash and counter-productive acts like that of Stephan Balliet at the Halle Synagogue, Brenton Tarrant in Christchurch and Anders Breivik in Norway.
Such provocations merely provide our enemies with cover and the chance to ‘balance’ the books so to speak, especially after all the terrorist atrocities they constantly commit and which are excused or often hidden by the media by claiming that it was the act of a lone madman or someone who had been victimized in some way by white racism. Such murders are minimized while any violent response by someone they claim is on ‘our’ side is given maximum coverage. My preference is to seek legal and democratic ways to change the direction we are moving in but time is running out given the imbalance between white and non-white birth rates, the sheer scale of current migratory patterns and the Left/Liberal enthusiasm to give such people the right to vote. We are in effect being given fewer and fewer opportunities to reverse the policies of our predatory assailants.
Beside your novels you also write articles and reviews for different alternative media websites. In quite a few of these articles you mention the work of J.R.R. Tolkien. Do you believe his mythology and the question of the struggle between good and evil, which is so prevalent in his works, can be a good source of inspiration for our identitarian struggle?
J.R.R. Tolkien is probably my greatest intellectual and cultural influence. I totally identify with his notions about the struggle between good and evil, even if my own personal journey in coming to such a conclusion lacked the Catholic certainty of the professor’s religious convictions.
Nevertheless, I concur that we, as nationalists, patriots, traditionalists, royalists and identitarians are engaged in an existential battle against an identifiable and recognizable evil in the form of Liberal/Left progressivism, Cultural Marxism and anti-white hatred. A war that is just as vital, as that faced by the men of Gondor and Rohan, the Elves of Elrond and Galadriel, and Durin’s Dwarves fighting hordes of Easterlings in Dale.
And remember, back in 1977 Italian patriots inspired by Tolkien and Julius Evola’s writings like Revolt Against the Modern World (1934) and Men Among the Ruins (1953), christened the venue for their festival gatherings Camp Hobbit. All of which makes the multicultural make-over of the soon to be released Amazon interpretations of his magnificent Silmarillion mythology even harder to swallow because it spits in the face of the Norse, Celtic and Anglo Saxon cultures that Tolkien based his fiction upon and in which non-whites have no part to play.
Your books may serve as a good starting point for people who are getting familiar with the Dissident Right, since within the story you mention a wide array of different authors, from political and identitarian, to historical or classic writers. Maybe you could tell us which are some of your favourite writers, authors and philosophers that inspired you the most?
Besides the monumental works of Alain De Benoist and Guillaume Faye, Professor Tomislav Sunić’s Against Democracy and Equality: The European New Right (1990) and Homo Americanus (2007) immediately spring to mind, especially in regard to introductory texts to the identitarian movement and the Dissident Right in general. Other obvious influences beside Nietzsche, Heidegger and Francis Parker Yockey’s Imperium (1948) are the Romanian Corneliu Codreanu’s For My Legionaries (1936), Roger Scruton, particularly How to be a Conservative (2014) and Fools, Frauds and Firebrands: Thinkers of the New Left (2015) and Søren Aabye Kierkegaard, the Danish theologian, philosopher, poet and social critic, who authored Fear and Trembling (1843).
In terms of literature, besides those I constantly quote or reference in my articles, Nikolai Gogol’s Dead Souls (1842), Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Devils (1872) and Frank Herbert’s science fiction novel Dune (1965) have left an indelible influence on my poetic sensibilities. While the works of T.E Lawrence like The Seven Pillars of Wisdom (1926), Mircea Eliade, Tara Shevchenko and Mikhail Bulgakov, the author of The Master and Margarita (1928-1940) also deserve recognition.
You also mention different musical groups or performers in your books, from Ian Stuart to such bands as Sabaton and Ultima Thule. Tell us, what are some of your favourite musical groups and do you believe that music has a big part to play in the metapolitical cultural struggle?
I think music, just like books, is an absolutely crucial weapon in the ongoing culture war we are now fighting. It offers the ability to stimulate individuals and groups, creates a community of like-minded people and attracts young recruits to our movement. Besides stalwarts like Ian Stuart Donaldson from Britain, Saga from Sweden, ZetaZeroAlfa from Italy and Peste Noire from France, there are a number of new and emerging artists in other musical genres like the German rap artists Makss Damage and Chris Ares, along with the more familiar black metal acts filling venues at the Asgardsrei festival in Kiev.
Oi!, Black and NS Metal, Shoegaze, Martial, Industrial, Neo-Folk and Fashwave, all have their own defining styles and leading exponents, building on founding acts like the 4 Skins, Skrewdriver, Legion of Doom, Burzum, Sokyra Peruna, Alcest, Death in June, Sonne Hagal, Dernière Volonté and Xurious. I enjoy them all and play each and every one depending upon my mood and the atmosphere I want to create when I am writing my books. If your readers have not already done so, I would heartily recommend they visit the Tesco Germany music distribution website which specializes in Industrial, Power Electronics, Dark Ambient and Neo-Folk music. Also the Heathen Harvest webzine blog is full of excellent archive material.
In Resistance you mention Slovenia quite a few times, and there is even a minor Slovenian character Aleš Balažic. Tell us have you visited our country and how familiar are you with Slovenia, and its people?
Yes, I have visited Slovenia several times, staying in Kranjska Gora and walking in the Triglav National Park. I can clearly recall writing poems and song lyrics while vacationing at Lake Bled with an ex-girlfriend and drinking schnapps in a cafe beside the Ljubljanica River in Ljubljana’s old town before wandering over the Dragon Bridge.
I am very fond of your country and its people and see Slovenia, like many other small European nations who have preserved their heritage, as a vital part of our cultural rebuilding programme. That is why I included a character like Aleš Balažic in Resistance to ensure that the wider European diaspora value the contribution your nation and others like it can make to our racial resurrection.
Thank you for the interview. For the end maybe you could tell us what do you believe Europe and the West can expect in the years to come, and what would be your advice to young identitarian activists?
Thank you for the opportunity to explain my views and showcase my work. With regards to Europe and the West, I think we need to be pragmatic and realistic. Our activists must recognize that this will be a long drawn out contest that will include set-backs as well as successes. We are all in this for the long haul and we must be agile in mind and body and never let up or sit back while the struggle continues. I foresee only one outcome – Zmaga! (Victory)