A People’s Tragedy by Orlando Figes (1996)

25 December 2011

Finally finish rereading Orlando Figes’s A People’s Tragedy, his harrowing history of the Russian Revolution.

Learn in the last chapters about the cannibal cafes set up during the famine of 1921 and how the taste of human flesh is, apparently, strongly addictive. Compare & contrast the mind-boggling brutality and anarchy of the revolutionary years with today’s Russia, as per an article in the current London Review of Books, and with live accounts of the anti-Putin protests.

Chastening reading as I sit down to Christmas lunch…

Fragments of a Defunct State’, a review of contemporary Russia in the London Review of Books

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