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DANTE’S DIVINE COMEDY: INFERNO # 1883
Canto 31:163: GIGANTIC VILLAINS: CHAIRMAN MAO & THE MONKEY KING # 21—outtake [with assistance from Andy Warhol]. While I was teaching in Taipei in 2002, I purchased a stack of Mao era books from Mainland China—including a calligraphy book containing Mao’s poetry in which he likened himself to the Monkey King. I used these books to make a Mao folio of images and poems, which you can see here:
Me: This the last Mao set.
Dante: So, are you going to do Hitler?
Me: If you want to know the truth, several weeks ago, I made some Hitler images. They are sitting in my draft file. I’ve avoided publishing them.
Dante: Avoiding the truth, are you?
Who might the master be who tied him up
I cannot say, but someone there had pinned
His left arm to his back, his right in front,
Both shackled by a chain which held him bound
From the neck down, and on the part exposed
It looped five times down around his torso.
[INFERNO: Canto 31, lines 85-90, translated by James Finn Cotter.]
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