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The Infernal Library

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

Daniel Kalder

Many 20th-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 literary efforts makes broader points about the dictatorial mindset and the ‘immense and lasting harm’ such books can cause, arguing that the urge to use words to control or deny facts is a hallmark of tyranny.
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  • Publisher: Henry Holt
  • Year: 2018
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 400pp
  • Illustrated: Yes
  • Dimensions: 233x152mm
  • ISBN: 9781627793421
  • Condition: New
  • Weight: 0.6kg
Product code:
513718
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