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It’s him, Eddie

Gary Indiana: Carrère’s Limonov

22 October 2014
Limonov: A Novel 
by Emmanuel Carrère, translated by John Lambert.
Allen Lane, 340 pp., £20, October 2014, 978 1 84614 820 0
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... The prologue​ of Limonov places Emmanuel Carrère in Moscow, circa 2006, at a commemoration ceremony outside the Dubrovka Theatre, where in 2002 the Nord-Ost hostage crisis ended when the Russian military pumped Fentanyl gas into the theatre, indiscriminately killing well over a hundred hostages along with their Chechen captors ...

Revolution must strike twice

Slavoj Žižek: Lenin’s Breakthrough

25 July 2002
Lenin 
by Hélène Carrèred'Encausse, translated by George Holoch.
Holmes & Meier, 371 pp., £35, November 2001, 0 8419 1412 5
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... avoided by applying market logic (making polluters pay for the damage they cause). How, then, does Hélène Carrèred’Encausse’s new study stand in the light of all this? Her basic approach is that, now Communism is over, it is time for an objective assessment of Lenin’s contribution. Within these ...

Was it better in the old days?

Jonathan Steele: The Rise of Nazarbayev

28 January 2010
Nazarbayev and the Making of Kazakhstan 
by Jonathan Aitken.
Continuum, 269 pp., £20, July 2009, 978 1 4411 5381 4
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... undermined the evil empire. The impetus came from two French academics, Alexandre Bennigsen and Hélène Carrèred’Encausse, archetypal representatives of a profession always given to a strong element of wishful thinking, alongside hatred and resentment, in part because it was dominated by émigrés and their ...

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