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The Red Atlantis: Communist Culture in the Absence of Communism (Culture and the Moving Image)

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Argues that Communism produced a complex culture with a dialectical relation to both modernism and itself. Offering examples ranging from the Stalinist show trial to Franz Kafka's posthumous career as a dissident writer, this book says that Communism was an aesthetic project.
Paperback, 315 pages
Published April 4th 2000 by Temple University Press (first published 1998)
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Oct 16, 2016 Mike rated it really liked it
This is a collection of essays about Socialist Realism now that Soviet Communism is a thing of the past.

Some of the essays are better than others; and I would have liked more of structure. There is (to me) an over-emphasis on the Hungarian and Czechoslovak cases. The Soviet case seems to vanish after the mid-point of the book, and East Germany and Poland seem nearly deliberately excluded.

To me, the heart of the book a series of film reviews that cover the subject of Communism and the Cold War i
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Author bio from Verso Press:

J. Hoberman served as the senior film critic at The Village Voice from 1988-2012. He has taught at Harvard, NYU, and Cooper Union, and is the author of ten books, including Bridge of Light, The Red Atlantis, and The Dream Life.
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