İletişim Yayınları published Klaus Theweleit’s “The Laughter of Killers”

 

İletişim Yayınları published Klaus Theweleit’s “The Laughter of Killers: Beivik et al.” with a translation of Öndercan Muti.

Klaus Theweleit describes the laughter of killers using a selection of case studies, including German soldiers in British prisoner of war camps during WWII, who are said to have told each other about the atrocities they had committed with considerable mirth. The laughter masks another aspect of killing for pleasure however; the cold rationality with which murderers speak when they justify their acts in public. Anders Breivik’s defence in court starts to sound like a statistical analysis of Norwegian immigration figures, for instance. Theweleit’s essay reveals the language of justification as a foil for sadism, because, according to the author’s provocative argument, anything can be ‘justified’; we should avoid believing a word of it.