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4.0 out of 5 stars Spartacus illuminates the Soviet revolution, 23 Sep 2010
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Students of Ancient History should not look here for a what really happened story, though there is not much that actually contradicts the account given by ancient authors. AK tells his story of rebellion and how the detours of that rebellion take unforeseen ways that inevitably lead back to the oppression that they were initiated to avoid. This is a political point designed to show the shortcomings of the communist revolutions and AK's own personal disenchantment with left-wing politics in which he was a personal activist. This forms a conceptual trilogy with, 'Darkness at Noon' and 'Arrival and Departure'. These books do not concern Spartacus but continue with the theme of the limits of ideological thinking. Darkness is a barely concealed critique of Stalinist Russia's show trials, whilst Arrival is set in a parallel Portugal and concerns itself with political refugees
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