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Koba the Dread: Laughter and the Twenty Million - Martin Amis
Koba the Dread: Laughter and the Twenty Million
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A brilliant weave of personal involvement, vivid biography and political insight, Koba the Dread is the successor to Martin Amis’s award-winning memoir, Experience.Koba the Dread captures the appeal of one of the most powerful belief systems of the 20th century — one that spread through the... show more
A brilliant weave of personal involvement, vivid biography and political insight, Koba the Dread is the successor to Martin Amis’s award-winning memoir, Experience.Koba the Dread captures the appeal of one of the most powerful belief systems of the 20th century — one that spread through the world, both captivating it and staining it red. It addresses itself to the central lacuna of 20th-century thought: the indulgence of Communism by the intellectuals of the West. In between the personal beginnings and the personal ending, Amis gives us perhaps the best one-hundred pages ever written about Stalin: Koba the Dread, Iosif the Terrible.The author’s father, Kingsley Amis, though later reactionary in tendency, was a “Comintern dogsbody” (as he would come to put it) from 1941 to 1956. His second-closest, and then his closest friend (after the death of the poet Philip Larkin), was Robert Conquest, our leading Sovietologist whose book of 1968, The Great Terror, was second only to Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago in undermining the USSR. The present memoir explores these connections.Stalin said that the death of one person was tragic, the death of a million a mere “statistic.” Koba the Dread, during whose course the author absorbs a particular, a familial death, is a rebuttal of Stalin’s aphorism.From the Hardcover edition.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781400032204 (1400032202)
Publisher: Vintage
Pages no: 306
Edition language: English
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Dr Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets
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2.0 Koba the Dread: Laughter and the Twenty Million
wow. just. wow. It's almost as if after The Information Martin Amis disappeared and was replaced by some lamer version of himself. I don't know what this book is for -- it sorta extends his autobiography, Experience, and it sorta is a history lesson (but not really). I like it because people often ...
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Amis on Stalin. Not a scholarly work, as many people have pointed out, and is it still necessary to debunk Stalin? But I thought it was a successful book. You think you know how bad Stalin was, but, in fact, most people don't. At least, I didn't, and I've read Solzhenitsyn. My favorite part was the ...
Monkeypanic
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4.0 Koba the Dread: Laughter and the Twenty Million
The material is of course the same, but I like this slightly better than Robert Service's "Stalin: a biography", but they're both good. So why did I read two biographies of Stalin? Yeeeeaaaaah... I don't really have a good answer to that question. Morbid fascination tempered with a desire to underst...
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