The terrible things that happen when you put writers in charge

The terrible things that happen when you put writers  in charge

This is a longer version of a review that appeared in the Catholic Herald, 18 July, 2020 Dictator Literature by Daniel Kalder One World£13.88 Daniel Kalder is a very funny writer who specialises in Russian history and literature and has an eye for dark humour, the latter probably a necessity for the former. His latest book is a work of literary criticism with an unusual twist, studying the output of Lenin, Stalin, Mussolini, Hitler… Read on

‘The terrible things that happen when you put writers in charge’

Dictator Literature by Daniel Kalder. OneWorld Publishing, £10.99 Daniel Kalder is a very funny writer who specialises in Russian history and literature and has an eye for dark humour, the latter probably a necessity for the former. His latest book is a work of literary criticism with an unusual twist: studying the output of Lenin, Stalin, Mussolini, Hitler and Mao, as well as some of the lesser tyrants of the 20th century. All were awful people; most were also awful… Read on

Is there a moral difference between Nazis and Communists?

Is there a moral difference between Nazis and Communists?

From Telegraph blogs Outside my local supermarket on Friday there was a man running a petition against the closure of the local hospital’s A&E department. Volunteering my signature, I noticed in his other hand a newspaper with a hammer and sickle on the front. I was a bit taken aback. “Are you a Communist?” I asked, unaware these people still existed. “Yes, but this has nothing to do with any political party”. Oh good, I said, and signed, vaguely worried… Read on