Three Famines: Starvation and Politics by Thomas Keneally – review | Books A hungry child in Ethiopia in 1985. Photograph: Rex Features Witnessing famine comes as a visceral shock – the slow and silent evisceration of society , family and the human body itself. The Russian sociologist Pitrim Sorokin, survivor of the famine of the early 1920s in his home country, wrote in Man and Society in Calamity (1946) of starvation reducing man to "a naked animal upon the naked earth".
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