Sunday, August 23, 2009

Hypnotic idolatry

The full brunt of Stalin's insanity and its unfathomably horrific consequences comes home in Robert Cousin's second sentence of "The Harvest of Sorrow:Soviet Collectivization and the Terror Famine." as noted in Martin Amis' "Koba the Dread":
" the actions here recorded about twenty human lives were lost for, not every word, but every letter, in this book."
That sentence represents 1,840 lives. The book is 411 pages long.
Twenty five million died, driven to starvation by orchestrated famines, sent to the frozen north to die, or tortured and shot, often by quota, at Stalin's whim.


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