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The infernal library : on dictators, the books they wrote, and other catastrophes of literacy

Author
Kalder, Daniel, 1974- author.
Title
The infernal library : on dictators, the books they wrote, and other catastrophes of literacy / Daniel Kalder.
Format
Book
Edition
First edition.
Published
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2018.
©2018
Description
xvi, 379 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 355-364) and index.
Contents
  • Introduction: Tradition and the individual tyrant
  • Phase I: The dictator's canon
  • Lenin
  • Stalin
  • Mussolini
  • Hitler
  • Mao
  • 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
  • Conclusion.
Summary
"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.
Revolutionary literature--Authorship.
Dictatorships History.
ISBN
9781627793421 (hardcover)
1627793429 (hardcover)
9781627793438 (electronic book)

Holdings

Library
Columbus - University Library of Columbus
Call Number
JC495 .K29 2018
Location
Stacks
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