Mao's great leap backward
Tombstone: The Untold Story of Mao's Great Famine by Yang Jisheng. Allen Lane, €37.80. Reviewed by Kevin Power.
Tombstone: The Untold Story of Mao's Great Famine by Yang Jisheng.
In 2002, Martin Amis published a book called Koba the Dread: Laughter and the Twenty Million, in which he wondered why people felt okay telling jokes about communist Russia but felt terrible telling jokes about fascist Germany. This is a more serious line of enquiry than it might, at first, appear. How do we respond to the great man-made disasters of the 20th century?...
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