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(A review by Sidharth Vardhan of ‘Imperialism: Part Two of the Origins of Totalitarianism’ (1968) by Hannah Arendt first written on September 15, 2018 )   My one and the only objection is that it should have been named ‘Nationalism’ instead of ‘Totalitarianism’ because this book discusses various consequences (mostly negative) of Nationalism and imperialism…

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(A review by Sidharth Vardhan of Antisemitism: Part One of the Origins of Totalitarianism’ (1968) by Hannah Arendt first written on September 15, 2018 )   Arendt brings out a brief history of anti-Semitism with a special focus on the way it came to be used as a propaganda device by Nazis. There is much…

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(Review by Sidharth Vardhan of ‘Fathers and Sons‘ (1862) by Ivan Turgenev ) The first time I heard of Turgenev, it was from Dostoevsky. Dostoevsky parodied Ivan Turgenev in his character ‘Karmazinov’ in novel ‘Demons’ (reviewed here) for writing ‘Fathers and Sons’. Turgenev’s novel is based on the nihilist generation and the differences they had…

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(A review by Sidharth Vardhan of Kreutzer Sonata (1889) by Leo Tolstoy ) This was good, I liked two Tolstoy novellas I have read much better than the more popular epic monsters. This one is alive with a sort of energy I never expected from him. And this book even faced censorship! Both Russia and…

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(A review by Sidharth Vardhan of Anti-Christ (1895) by Friedrich Nietzsche )   I had a liberal access to internet only when I was already in college. And I developed a very quick obsession for Wikipedia and Wikiquote surfing. When I tumbled about Nietzsche’s Wikiquote fan, I became a fan. But reading ‘beyond good and…

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(A review by Sidharth Vardhan of the book ‘Zinky Boys’ (1992) by Noble Laureate Svetlana Alexievich ) “‘I cried when I read your article, but I shan’t read the whole book, because of an elementary sense of self-preservation. I’m not sure whether we ought to know so much about ourselves. Perhaps it’s just too frightening.…

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