The Infernal Library

The Infernal Library

On Dictators, the Books They Wrote, and Other Catastrophes of Literacy

Hardback400pp Illustrated233x152mm

9781627793421     Product Code: 513718

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Many twentieth-century despots, including Stalin, Hitler and Mao, wrote extensively before or during their reigns, producing theoretical works, poetry, memoirs, and even the occasional romance. Kalder’s sardonic survey of their often execrable literary works makes broader points about the dictatorial mindset and the battle between self-image and reality, arguing that the urge to control or deny empirical facts using words and ideas is a fundamental attribute of tyranny.

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