The infernal library : on dictators, the books they wrote, and other catastrophes of literacy
Kalder, Daniel, 1974- author.
The infernal library : on dictators, the books they wrote, and other catastrophes of literacy / Daniel Kalder.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2018.
xvi, 379 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 355-364) and index.
- Introduction: Tradition and the individual tyrant
- Phase I: The dictator's canon
- Phase II: Tyranny and mutation
- Small demons
- Catholic action
- Disembraining machines
- Eastern approaches
- Dead letters
- Another green world
- Phase III: Dissolution and madness
- Midnight in the garden of ultraboredom
- North Korea: the metafictions of Kim Jong-il
- Cuba: Castro's maximum verbiage
- Iraq: the historical romances of Saddam Hussein
- Post-Soviet: Comrade Zoroaster
- Turkmenistan: post-everything
- Phase IV: Death is not the end
"A harrowing tour of 'dictator literature' in the twentieth-century, featuring the soul-killing prose and poetry of Hitler, Mao, and many more, which shows how books have sometimes shaped the world for the worse."--Jacket.
- Subject headings
Dictators as authors--History.
9781627793438 (electronic book)