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Dictator Lit


our-socialismOur old friend Daniel Calder, who is addicted to odd things, has blogged at The Guardian about dictator literature. A genre where there is little sub-editing I imagine. We do actually have the book Our Socialism Centered on the Masses Shall Not Perish by Kim Jong Il. Of course, being a dictator, you always get a book deal.

Kim elevates this death-prose to an almost avant-garde level. His speech is radically dehumanised, stripped of any references to anything outside his closed rhetorical system (bar wicked America). Rather we get clusters of Marxist jargon and sweeping grandiose generalities.

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