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Defence of History and Class Consciousne : Tailism and the Dialectic - Georg Luk?cs

Defence of History and Class Consciousne

Tailism and the Dialectic

Paperback Published: 17th August 2002
ISBN: 9781859843703
Number Of Pages: 160

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Georg Luk cs was dubbed 'the philosopher of the October Revolution' and his masterpiece History and Class Consciousness (1923) is commonly held to be the foundational text for the tradition known as 'Western Marxism' which includes the work of Theodor Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Ernst Bloch, Max Horkheimer, and Herbert Marcuse. However, as the liberating energies of the Russian Revolution were sapped by Stalinism, Luk cs was subjected to ferocious attack for 'deviations' from the 'party line'. In the mid-1920s, Luk cs wrote a sustained and passionate response to this onslaught. Unpublished at the time, Luk cs himself thought the text had been destroyed. However, a group of researchers recently found the manuscript gathering dust in the newly opened archives of the CPSU in Moscow. Now, for the first time, this fascinating, polemical and intense text is available in English. It is a crucial part of a hidden intellectual history and will transform interpretations of Luk cs's oeuvre.

"Luk cs's polemic tells of a dogmatic, corrupt, ultimately murderous period in the transition from Stalinism ... it tells also of the passion, so vividly Judaic and Central European, for the life and clash of ideas."--George Steiner, Times Literary Supplement

"We almost hear Lenin himself murmuring, it happens that for eighty years no Marxist has ever properly understood History and Class Consciousness! Splendidly translated here by Esther Leslie and contextualized by an introduction by John Rees and a conclusion by Slavoj i ek (both of them stimulating and suggestive)."--Fredric Jameson, Radical Philosophy

ISBN: 9781859843703
ISBN-10: 1859843700
Audience: BAG
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 17th August 2002
Publisher: Verso Books
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.2 x 13.3  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.22
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition