Koba the Dread: Laughter and the Twenty Million. by Martin Amis (Talk Miramax; $). When the historian Robert Conquest was asked in. Koba the Dread has ratings and reviews. Maciek said: There has never been a regime quite like it, not anywhere in the history of the universe. A brilliant weave of personal involvement, vivid biography and political insight, Koba the Dread is the successor to Martin Amis’s award-winning.

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hte Feb 03, John Struloeff rated it it was amazing. So when I give a book one star, it’s not that I think I’m spea [First, a note dreas Goodreads star ratings: Yet, with all of that said, I felt that Amis’ outraged tone together with blackly humorous undertone did justice to thf material at hand, never allowing the reader—particularly the former leftist reader—to forget the appalling brutality that was visited upon millions of citizens during a period that combined technological and bureaucratic prowess with an ideological insanity.

At least, I didn’t, and I’ve read Solzhenitsyn. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. In The New York Timescritic Michiko Kakutani described the book as, “The narcissistic musings of a spoiled, upper-middle class litterateur who has never known the kind of real suffering Stalin’s victims did. THERE are two parts to this book, which are worth distinguishing. Amis considers the grip that the Soviet regime had on the Western intellectual comrades right into the 70s.

Hitler had a five-year plan p. Of the twenty million, around 4 million of the dead were children. Curiously, Amis subtitled his book “Laughter and the Twenty Million. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Koba the Dread is still a fairly competent evaluation of Stalin’s life and politics, and it provides a fair and brief overview of the Soviet Union for readers who desire a quick blow-by-blow, even if it is derivative of Solzhenitsyn.

Amis conveys it all in a cool burn, his fury held barely in check but always sensed in the extremities of the writing. Nadie sabe nada de los 6 millones del Terror del Hambre. And, if his character description of Stalin is true, then here we have a picture of how a country would be run were a psychopath to be its absolute ruler. And no one was standing as the champion for that old regime that murdered its populace. Unhappily, Stalin was not mad.


This crescendo of indignation could have continued. He has thus sometimes been portrayed as the undisputed master of what the New York Times has called “the new unpleasantness.

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Feb 26, Tyler Malone rated it it was amazing. In any case – other insights? Now, with the benefit of having read the book, one can see the level to which the criticisms are not political, or even literary, but personal.

Views Read Edit View drad. But the exhaustion is not onerous. No-body knows of Yezhov and Dzerzhinsky. Stalinism could be copied – as we can see in other countries, one even in the present day! Amis’ primary sources as cited in the text, lean, as he admits, to the right. Amis does not shrink from difficult questions about possible moral distinctions between Lenin and Stalin, Stalin and Hitler.

Stalin also had more at his fingertips than Hitler But Stalin, in the execution of the broad brushstrokes of his hate, dreae weapons that Hitler did not have.

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Koba the Dread: Laughter and the Twenty Million

Martin Amis is a man in trouble. It is also a fairly rigorous, though often unoriginal forensic portrait of Stalin’s particular breed of tyranny, which Amis attributes both to his insanity as well as derad totalitarian nature of the Marxist-Leninist system which he inherited. Amis speaks with a corpse in his mouth, and so inevitably the rdead become ballast for his depleted prose. It takes a topic that I would be willing to wager most Westerners simply don’t know much about and distills it into an emotional blow that can be absorbed, and that will leave the reader thinking for days.


Stalin’s collectivized agriculture led not only to widespread peasant repression but also provoked a catastrophic famine. Mar 01, Michael rated it did not like it Shelves: What became impossible was laughter.

Such is the man. Nov 27, Manny rated it liked it. When Conquest’s The Great Terror was first published in dgead, it was coldly received on the left. From that perspective, I think that Koba the Dread is an important book.

He was living in the bubble, to use the modern idiom. Amis also looks at why the Soviets can be laughed at in a way that the Nazis never could be which explains part of the subtitle.

But pity and self-pity can sometimes be the selfsame thing. The book occasioned a public schism between Amis drezd fellow writer and close friend Christopher Hitchensespecially in the pages of The Atlantic.

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Oct 19, Geoff rated it really liked it. Krushchev rehabilitates the dead crew and orders the tracks behind the train ripped up and relaid in front.

Amis falls back on the weak idea that he was mad, an envious loner driven into homicidal lunacy by the taste of power, and argues that when he did sensible things, like defeating Dreaf, he stopped being mad. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Encyclopedia of Trotskyism On-Line: As a publicity stunt this manoeuvre worked well enough, generating widespread coverage in the press; ghe the book has been ridiculed by historians.

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