Koba the Dread Laughter and the Twenty Million

ISBN-10: 1400032202

ISBN-13: 9781400032204

Edition: 2002

Authors: Martin Amis

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A brilliant weave of personal involvement, vivid biography and political insight,Koba the Dreadis the successor to Martin Amis’s award-winning memoir,Experience. Koba the Dreadcaptures 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 author’s father, Kingsley Amis, though later reactionary in tendency, was a “Comintern dogsbody” (as he would come to put it) from 1941 to 1956. His second-closest, and then his closest friend (after the death of the poet Philip Larkin), was Robert Conquest, our leading Sovietologist whose book of 1968,The Great Terror, was second only to Solzhenitsyn’sThe Gulag Archipelagoin undermining the USSR. The present memoir explores these connections. Stalin said that the death of one person was tragic, the death of a million a mere “statistic.”Koba the Dread, during whose course the author absorbs a particular, a familial death, is a rebuttal of Stalin’s aphorism.
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List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/9/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Martin Amis, son of the novelist Kingsley Amis, was born August 25, 1949. His childhood was spent traveling with his famous father. From 1969 to 1971 he attended Exeter College at Oxford University. After graduating, he worked for the Times Literary Supplement and later as special writer for the Observer. Amis published his first novel, The Rachel Papers, in 1973, which received the prestigious Somerset Maugham Award in 1974. Other titles include Dead Babies (1976), Other People: A Mystery Story (1981); London Fields (1989), The Information (1995), and Night Train (1997). Martin Amis has been called the voice of his generation. His novels are controversial, often satiric and dark, concentrating on urban low life. His style has been compared to that of Graham Greene, Philip Larkin and Saul Bellow, among others. He is currently Professor of Creative Writing at the Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester. In 2008, The Times named him one of the 50 greatest British writers since 1945.

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The Collapse of the Value of Human Life in Practice--2
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The Epic Agony of the Gulag
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The Little Mustache and the Big Mustache
Iosif the Terrible: Short Course
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The Gray Blur, the Yellow Eyes
The Kremlin Complexion
Rhythms of Thought
The Second October and the Breaking of the Peasantry
Men and Mountains
1933: The Terror-Famine
Poison Pen
Heavy Industry
Congress of Victors
Prolonged and Stormy Applause
Congress of Victors--2
Kolyma Tales
The Kirov Murder
Reason and the Great Terror
Show Trial
Reason and the Great Terror--2
Voices from the Yezhovshchina
In the nightmare of the dark / All the dogs of Europe bark
Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya
The Taste Inside Stalin's Mouth
Bolshevik Bravery
It loves blood / The Russian earth
The Saddest Story
Into the Sere
The Bedbug
Negative Perfection
When We Dead Awaken
Letter to a Friend
The Beginnings of the Search for Decorum
Butyrki Nights
The Forty Days of Kengir
As the stars are known to the Night
Afterword: Letter to My Father's Ghost
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