Friday, 24 August 2018
Book of the Week: Dictator Literature: A history of despots through their writing by Daniel Kalder
The crimes of tyrants against their people have been well documented, but what of their crimes against literature? Theoretical works, spiritual manifestos, poetry collections, memoirs and even romance novels - what relationship do these books have to their despotic authors' other spheres of action?
>> How did Kalder come to write this book?
>> Tradition and the individual tyrant.
>> Why dictators write.
>> Can Saddam Hussein be considered a novelist?
>> Is The Rukhnama Turkmenistan's holy book?
>> Not every book gets its own statue.
>> On translating Stalin, the poet.
>> Moving closer to the dictators.