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Art and Revolution: Writings on Literature, Politics & Culture

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One of the outstanding revolutionary leaders of the 2Oth century discusses questions of literature, art, and culture in a period of capitalist decline and working-class struggle. In these writings, Trotsky examines the place and aesthetic autonomy of art and artistic expression in the struggle for a new, socialist society.
Paperback, 252 pages
Published July 1st 1992 by Pathfinder Press (NY) (first published June 1992)
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Alex Billet
Leon Trotsky was undoubtedly one of the most dynamic thinkers of the Bolshevik revolution and in the Marxist pantheon as a whole. One question -- odd yet prescient -- arises when we think first think of Art & Revolution: why would he care about art in the first place? Here is a man who was the first president of the Petrograd workers' council, leader of the Red Army, a subtle thinker who tirelessly promoted the idea that there were consequences in Russia's combined and uneven development for ...more
Mary
I am reading this book very slowly. Many of his essays are very short, and first appeared in the Partisan Review. His views on art are great. He does not have this political and dogmatic vision of what art should be. He is surprisingly and refreshingly open about art. Of course, he hung out with artists, so maybe his openness shouldn't be surprising.
B-MO
Important topic to me....relates to Sinclair's Guitar Army, as well as Lit and revolution....do it.....grateful dead....John Lennon....

Important Work..........ideas similar to Plato in his political work "The Republic"...

Im bout 80 pages in need to re-borrow and finish
Anthony
Trotsky was a profound literary critic before he was a political figure. Just a fantastic book.
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Leon Trotsky was a Bolshevik revolutionary and Marxist theorist. He was one of the leaders of the Russian October Revolution, second only to Vladimir Lenin. During the early days of the Soviet Union, he served first as People's Commissar for Foreign Affairs and later as the founder and commander of the Red Army and People's Commissar of War. He was also among the first members of the Politburo.

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