The Death of Stalin

The Death of Stalin

Book - 2017
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"Fear, corruption and treachery abound in this political satire set in the aftermath of Stalin's death in the Soviet Union in 1953. When the leader of the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin, has a stroke - the political gears begin to turn, plunging the super-state into darkness, uncertainty and near civil war. The struggle for supreme power will determine the fate of the nation and of the world. And it all really happened." -- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: London :, Titan Comics,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781785863400
Branch Call Number: 947.0842 STA
Characteristics: 119 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Robin, Thierry 1958-- Illustrator
Alternative Title: Morte de Staline. English


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JessicaGma Sep 11, 2018

A real hoot of a dark comedy around the Death of Stalin. I've seen the film based on this and they're pretty close to each other, although there's a few film scenes that are even sillier....Worth reading!

Aug 04, 2018

The graphic novel that gave rise to the movie. It's gleefully absurd, dark, and a fun read that explores in its own way- noting that the true story's even more insane- of Stalin's stroke and death, and the jockeying for position of those around him.

Jun 09, 2018

After seeing the new movie, "Death of Stalin", I was compelled with a desire to learn more about Russian history. The movie is excellent and it's based on this graphic novel.

Had I not first seen the film I'd not have sought out this book or actually enjoyed reading it. As a supplement to the film though, it works well. The film helps to answer some questions though even between the two, I have many more.

The style of drawing is harsh, befitting the subject matter. A longer graphic novel with more narrative would perhaps have answered the many questions I still have, but perhaps I'll need to go right to a non-graphic novel to do a deep dive. This is a good graphic novel depicting an interesting time in history and serves as a useful and interesting companion piece to the film.

May 10, 2018

DEAR SIT_WALK: Eeeee-not quite. Stalin and those who followed him had COMPLETE control of the media and all information ( so much so that, when in the 1970s Middle East terrorists kidnapped a Soviet diplomat and held him for ransom, the Soviet Union could do what neither the United States or other Ally nations could. They simply kidnapped one of the kidnappers and delivered him in a crate to the ringleader`s front door: cut to pieces with a chain saw and a little note propped on his lips stating this would continue to happen, the ringleader being the last, until they got their diplomat back, alive and unharmed. The Soviets had their diplomat back in under two hours!) In contrast, Trump can`t even take a crap without it being front page news - if, for no other reason, Dandy Donald TWEETS about it! He`s the most `in-plain-view` politician there ever was! For better or for worse, everybody knows everything (TMI!!!!!)

sit_walk Apr 03, 2018

Great book, jaw-dropping in the face-slapping stupidity of authoritarianism run amok. Parallels with contemporary US politics are easily spotted. Terrifying and hilarious in equal measure.

multcolib_susannel Jan 16, 2018

What really happened when Stalin died?
This graphic novel inspired a movie of the same name.

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