Ignoring the multitudinous victims of communism.

Alongside Hobsbawm’s urbane brilliance sat the very ugly world of political religion and sacred terror. Right there, next to his deserved academic prizes and his oh-so hypocritically accepted Order of the Companions of Honour, were all those corpses memorialised by Vassily Grossman in Forever Flowing, with their “crazed eyes; … infected, gangrenous toes; and scurvy racked corpses in log-cabin, dugout morgues”. Still, it seems, we struggle to feel a visceral commitment to those corpses (or a visceral hatred for those who defended their executioners). Still, even now, with the dearth of feeling.

Source: The Telegraph.


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