Tyrants Writing Poetry
About the Authors
Albrecht Koschorke teaches literary studies at the University of Konstanz, where he initiated the Research Center on Cultural Theory and the Theory of the Political Imaginary.
Konstantin Kaminskij is Assistant Professor at the University of Konstanz and the founder of the Central Asia and Caucasus School for Ecological Education.
"Modern tyrants like Mussolini, Stalin, Hitler, Mao Zedong, Kim Il-sung, Saddam Hussein and others thought of themselves as talented intellectuals who had lessons to teach the world through their literary and artistic achievements. What effect did this have on their policies? How much was the terror they rained on their people part of their sense of performance? This perceptive, fascinating work explores the writings of these and other tyrants ranging from Roman Emperor Nero to the murderous leader of the Bosnian Serbs Radovan Karadžić. It is a sobering and enlightening book that needs to be read to better understand these monsters."—Daniel Chirot
"A fascinating collection of illuminating contributions on the aesthetic passions of political sociopaths. Mussolini, Stalin, Hitler, Mao, et al., appear as they really were: a gallery of monsters engaged in romantic self-aggrandizement. Underneath the metaphors we discover the swamp of egocentric obsessions with unlimited power. Highly recommended to all those who want to grasp the secrets of the dictatorial mind, this book reveals much of the inner life of the soulless tyrants."—Vladimir Tismaneanu
|Central European University Press|
Other Titles in 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000