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The Children of Delusion

Saul Bellow observed that “a great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep”. He might easily have been talking about those Australians on the left who burn votive candles in honour of their parents’ devotion to Moscow’s cause

What did you do in the Cold War, Daddy? This is the theme and title of an absorbing new symposium which aims to show how the Cold War felt to children growing up in partisan, usually communist, families. Edited by Ann Curthoys and Joy Damousi, it anthologises the memoirs of people mainly born in the 1940s whose parents remained communists despite everything. This may also be a reason for the book’s limitation. It does not require enormous empathy to psych one’s way into the souls of those who became communists in the 1920s and even the 1930s during the crises…

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