Black Book of Communism
Posted 08 July 2006 - 07:56 AM
Posted 07 August 2006 - 12:36 PM
Yeah, I've read this, in fact it's still there on my bookshelf with hundreds of other Soviet-related stuff. It's a well-written book, although I feel Anne Applebaum's Gulag - A History, and Robert Conquest's The Harvest of Sorrow: Soviet Collectivization and the Terror-Famine refllect still better the eastern-bloc style of suffering.
Has anyone else read The_Black_Book_of_Communism?
I would urge anyone who holds positive views on the Soviets or on communism to read this book and be enlightened.
I can not see communism/Soviets as epitome of evil. When I found this book, I was hooked with one religious cult, and was struggling to regain my spiritual freedom; and I took the Black Book of Communism as analogy.
It made me laugh in some places. There were all those tricks, those human things.... of violence I had come to know in practise in religious circles. I gathered that humans have been always like this, in all societies. It's just dynamism of group behaviour.
Then ... other thing. I think it's so easy to see these things working in the Russian soul, because Russians are awfully open people. I think it's misguided prejudice to think that Soviet Union was somehow specially secretive. On the contrary, I feel they are less secretive, than we western people.
Well, I think this explains the relief I felt when reading it. It was cathartic; - purifying.
I've always felt love - you can say - towards Russian people, and this book didn't diminish it any way. That they did it so openly, and brutally, reflects their innocence.
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