Dictator Literature: A History of Despots Through Their Writing (Hardback)
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Dictator Literature: A History of Despots Through Their Writing (Hardback)

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Hardback 400 Pages / Published: 05/04/2018
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Literacy, long upheld as a standard bearer for progress, is not always a force for good. Had Stalin's mother never sent him to the seminary he never would have learned to read and so never discovered the works of Marx or Lenin. Instead he probably would have ended up like his father - a cobbler by trade and a drunk by vocation.

Throughout the twentieth century dictators subjected captive audiences to soul-killing prose on a massive scale. They published theoretical works, spiritual manifestos, poetry collections, memoirs and even romance novels. Armed with nothing but a darkly humorous wit, Daniel Kalder journeys long into the literary night to discover what their tomes reveal about the dictatorial soul.

From the staggeringly vile and incompetent Mein Kampf, and the 'miracles' wrought by former librarian Mao's Little Red Book, up to the ongoing exploits of North Korea's Kim dynasty, Dictator Literature is an unforgettable look at the power of the pen.

Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 9781786070586
Number of pages: 400
Dimensions: 225 x 146 mm


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'This is about the most discomforting book I've read in the past year. Never mind Trump and never mind Twitter: Kalder demonstrates that words themselves, and the escapist spells we weave with them, are our riskiest civic gift.' - Simon Ings, author of Stalin and the Scientists

'A compelling examination of why bad minds create bad writing, and therefore a valuable read for anyone interested in literature - or the world, in fact. Kalder's dry humour makes Dictator Literature a fun tour de force through the mad history of the 20th century and the present.' - Norman Ohler, author of Blitzed

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“Disturbing and fascinating”

It must be quite hard to write a good book about a lot of bad books, but Daniel Kalder has done just that.

Looking at the dictators and the texts they produced, Kalder guides us from Lenin ('the father of... More

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