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The Politics of Cruelty: An Essay on the Literature of Political Imprisonment

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It is, in the words of the noted Iraqi dissident Kanan Makiya, "a passionate, heroic effort to fathom the nature of a phenomenon that all too often drains us emotionally and incapacitates us intellectually."


Millett analyzes the individual's monumental fear of the state through the rich literature of its expression—a mixture of literary text (Solzhenitsyn's The Gulag Archip
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 17th 1995 by W. W. Norton Company (first published 1994)
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I re-read this recently to see if Kate's insights still held true...sadly I found them to still be relevent.
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A fantastically courageous book, which searches for the roots of cruelty meted out to political prisoners in many countries around the world. Her conclusions are not comfortable ones.
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Katherine Murray "Kate" Millett was an American feminist writer, educator, artist, and activist. She attended Oxford University and was the first American woman to be awarded a postgraduate degree with first-class honors by St. Hilda's. She has been described as "a seminal influence on second-wave feminism", and is best known for her 1970 book Sexual Politics," which was her doctoral dissertation ...more
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