The author uses the metaphors of “night” and “darkness” to represent death, hence the title. The book includes history, with a focus on times of destruction, famines and war. In each chapter the author writes about how the presence of death influenced the people of the land, making certain groups stoic while making others stronger. With these mass deaths, it was difficult to have a funeral/burial for a single person. Starvation among diseases took thousands of lives forcing people to ignore the deaths of others. Details of Lenin and Stalin’s corpses and the reaction it had on the people are also provided.
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