KOBA THE DREAD PDF

Look Inside. 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 present memoir explores these connections. He lives in Brooklyn.

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Look Inside. 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 present memoir explores these connections. He lives in Brooklyn. This fierce little book. Amis does not shrink from difficult questions about possible moral distinctions between Lenin and Stalin, Stalin and Hitler.

Martin Amis has a noble purpose in writing Koba the Dread. He wants to call attention to just what an insanely cruel monster Josef Stalin was. Read An Excerpt.

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In his superb memoir, Experience , Martin Amis almost casually expends a terrific line in a minor footnote. Batting away a critic he describes as "humorless," he adds, "And by calling him humorless I mean to impugn his seriousness, categorically: such a man must rig up his probity ex nihilo. Amis has won and held the attention of an audience eager for something very like this in reverse—a synthesis of astonishing wit and moral assiduity. Even the farcical episodes of his fiction are set on the bristling frontiers of love and death and sex. With his other hand, so to speak, he has raised the standard of essayistic reviewing, mounting guard over our muscular but vulnerable English language and registering fastidious pain whenever it is hurt or insulted. It is no accident, because he intuits the strong connection between linguistic and political atrocity, that he has also composed short but concentrated meditations on the three great collapses of twentieth-century modernism and civilization. With Einstein's Monsters , and its accompanying flight of articles and polemics, he investigated the diseased relationship between suicide and genocide that is disclosed by the preparation of thermonuclear extinction.

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Koba the Dread

Do we need another book about Stalin? Don't we already know all about the Gulags, the terror, the show trials, the forced labour, the mass starvation that was the nightmare of Stalin's Soviet Union? Haven't countless articles, books and documentaries seemingly confirmed that the 20th century was defined by those evil twins: Stalin and Hitler, "the big moustache" and "the little moustache", as Martin Amis glibly puts it? Evidently not. Amis wants not only to remind us of the horrors of Stalin but to show that he was worse than Hitler. But to what end?

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