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Koba the Dread

(2002)
Laughter and the Twenty Million
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Koba the Dread is the successor to Martin Amis's celebrated memoir, Experience. It is largely political (while remaining personal). It addresses itself to the central lacuna of twentieth-century thought: the indulgence of communism by intellectuals of the West. In between the personal beginning and the personal ending, Amis gives us perhaps the best one hundred pages ever written about Stalin: Koba the Dread, Iosif the Terrible. The author's father, Kingsley Amis, though later reactionary in tendency, was 'a Comintern dogsbody' (as he would come to put it) from 1941 to 1956. His second-closest, and then his closest friend (after the death of the poet Philip Larkin), was Robert Conquest, a leading Sovietologist, whose book of 1968, The Great Terror, was second only to Solzhenitsyn's The Gulag Archipelago in undermining the USSR. Amis's remarkable memoir explores these connections. Stalin said that the death of one person was tragic, the death of a million a mere 'statistic'. Koba the Dread, during whose course the author absorbs a particular, a familial death, is a rebuttal of Stalin's aphorism.

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Hardback Editions

October 2002 : UK Hardback

Title: Koba the Dread Signed Copy
Author(s): Martin Amis
ISBN: 0-224-06409-6 / 978-0-224-06409-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
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September 2002 : UK Hardback
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Title: Koba The Dread: Laughter and the Twenty Million
Author(s): Martin Amis
ISBN: 0-224-06303-0 / 978-0-224-06303-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd
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July 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: Koba the Dread
Author(s): Martin Amis
ISBN: 0-7868-6876-7 / 978-0-7868-6876-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Miramax
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July 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: Koba the Dread : Laughter and the Twenty Million
Author(s): Martin Amis
ISBN: 0-676-97517-8 / 978-0-676-97517-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf Canada
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Paperback Editions

September 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: Koba the Dread : Laughter and the Twenty Million
Author(s): Martin Amis
ISBN: 0-676-97518-6 / 978-0-676-97518-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage Books Canada
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September 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: Koba the Dread: Laughter and the Twenty Million
Author(s): Martin Amis
ISBN: 1-4000-3220-2 / 978-1-4000-3220-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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September 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: Koba The Dread: Laughter and the Twenty Million
Author(s): Martin Amis
ISBN: 0-09-943802-X / 978-0-09-943802-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Kindle Editions

September 2014 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Koba the Dread: Laughter and the Twenty Million (Vintage International)
Author(s): Martin Amis
Publisher: Vintage
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July 2013 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Koba The Dread: Laughter and the Twenty Million
Author(s): Martin Amis
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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August 2010 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Koba the Dread
Author(s): Martin Amis
Publisher: Vintage Canada
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