Daniel Kalder is the author of Lost Cosmonaut and Strange Telescopes. He has contributed to BBC Radio, Esquire, the Guardian and The Times among other publications. Originally from Fife, Scotland, he lived in Moscow for ten years before moving to Texas, where he currently resides.
`Very funny...After reading Dictator Literature you will never look at books with such a benevolent eye again.' * <i>Spectator</i> * `I enjoyed this book a great deal . . . it's actually a rather snappy read.' * Will Self, <i>Guardian</i> * `A fascinating study...partly an enjoyable romp but mostly a sombre sidelong-glance history of 20th-century totalitarianism.' * <i>Sunday Telegraph</i> * `Brisk, and full of antic fun.' * <i>New Statesman</i> * `Hugely compelling...Like coming across a planet-sized car crash, with hundreds of millions snarled up in the wreckage: you can't look away. Kalder has really dug deep into the minds of these infernal texts' creators, and thus delivers some truly enlightening insights.' * <i>Irish Independent </i> * `Kalder is our cheeky and irreverent guide to the (generally aggressively tedious) prose by history's despots.' * <i>Tatler</i> * `Full of...wonders, and startling individual facts...An overwhelmingly powerful reminder of 20th-century misrule, and of just how delusional human beings can be - especially if they're literate.' * <i>Telegraph</i> * `Daniel Kalder...deserves a medal...Dictator Literature is a great book...An insightful book, but also a funny one.' * <i>Times</i> * `This is about the most discomforting book I've read in the past year. Never mind Trump and never mind Twitter: Kalder demonstrates that words themselves, and the escapist spells we weave with them, are our riskiest civic gift.' -- Simon Ings, author of <i>Stalin and the Scientists</i> `A compelling examination of why bad minds create bad writing, and therefore a valuable read for anyone interested in literature - or the world, in fact. Kalder's dry humour makes Dictator Literature a fun tour de force through the mad history of the 20th century and the present.' -- Norman Ohler, author of <i>Blitzed</i>