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The death of Stalin

Despite the grim subject matter, this is actually a darkly comedic take on the factional warfare that occurred in the USSR after the death of dictator Josef Stalin. The remaining members of the Soviet leadership are left in the absurd position of having to pretend to grieve Stalin extravagantly, even as they are busily undoing the purges and laws that upheld his dictatorship and fighting one another for control of the nation. In the hands of a skilled comedic cast, including Steve Buscemi and Michael Palin, this risky premise succeeds in drawing black humour and pathos from a tragic period in human history.
Meghan Casey (Staff) (Queen's Square Library)