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Finding himself in Addis Ababa, Dalrymple confesses that he does not consider it to be

an attractive city. Faeculent slums of mud and tin crowd between the modern buildings, which look like the product of a joint committee of the Bulgarian politburo and the Royal Institute of British Architects.

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The joint committee

North Korean experts

in urban beautification have been brought in and, at a cost of many millions, soaring monuments of bronze and concrete extolling the heroism, solidarity, just struggle, etc. of the toiling masses have been erected.

Picking up the English-language Ethiopian Herald, Dalrymple reads about

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A report in the newspaper

states that in the space of three months, 810,000 people have been ‘successfully villagised’ in the small province of Arsi alone.

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in which 2m have been similarly villagised.

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Much-thumbed volume

Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 08.46.32Growing up with a communist father, Dalrymple counted this as one of his favourite books. He tells an interviewer:

Tinhamos um Short Course em casa, aliás, era um dos meus livros favoritos (que eu costumava folhear quando criança) era um livrocom vastas imagens da União Soviética em 1947.

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