Koba the dread: laughter and the twenty million

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Jonathan Cape, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 306 pages
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Review: Koba the Dread: Laughter and the Twenty Million

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A book-length essay on the black farce of Soviet Russia under Stalin, whose brutality was quite boundless. Martin Amis is a wonderful writer and intellectual, and while this isn't a history (more Amis ... Read full review

Review: Koba the Dread: Laughter and the Twenty Million

User Review  - Aelena - Goodreads

Amis is somewhat lacking in his effort to link his own autobiographical details with the horrors of soviet era, and it has a certain amateurish feel, but it's a hard book, even when it just scratches ... Read full review

Contents

Russian earth The Saddest Story Into the Sere The Bedbug
97
Census Georgia Demian Bedny The Grey Blur the Yellow Eyes
120
Index
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About the author (2002)

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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