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The Limits of Art: Two Essays

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Tzvetan Todorov, one of Europe’s leading intellectuals, explores the complex relations between art, politics, and ethics in the essays that make up The Limits of Art. In one essay, “Artists and Dictators,” Todorov traces the intimate relationship between avant-garde art and radical politics in pre-revolutionary Russia, pre-fascist Italy, and pre-Nazi Germany. Todorov sets ...more
Hardcover, 101 pages
Published December 15th 2010 by Seagull Books
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May 13, 2012 Amari rated it really liked it
All in all, a worthy and enjoyable read. Concise and not overly demanding. A few misplaced commas, less-than-crystalline constructions, typos, and odd prepositions in the translation, but nothing too glaring.

On the first essay, "Artists and Dictators":

A fine, clear, mainly expository pamphlet on Italian and Russian Futurism, the Bauhaus, and the Italian, Soviet, and German dictatorships that grew in part from the artistic movements that took root in the years following WWI. If anything, errs on
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In Bulgarian Цветан Тодоров. Todorov is a Franco-Bulgarian historian, philosopher and literary theoretician. Among his most influential works is his theory on the fantastic, the uncanny and marvellous.
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