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"Concentrating primarily on the 19th century, Lukacs offers brilliant reflections on Scott, Hugo, Tolstoy, and Flaubert, the methods of creating a feeling of historical reality, the tradition of epic, the use of the past by the rising bourgeoisie, the negative influence of naturalism, and the place of overt ideology." Washington Post Book World
Paperback, 363 pages
Published June 1st 1989 by Merlin Press
(first published 1937)
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Bastante difícil, mas também bastante iluminador. Os estudos sobre realismo europeu (Thomas Mann e outros) e as diversas considerações sobre Épica e Dramática na historiografia literária são sensacionais. O estudo que Lukács faz sobre o desenvolvimento e o "futuro" do romance histórico (e aqui ele já levanta implicações de ordem social, típico do materialismo histórico deste autor, em conjunto com a luta contra o fascismo empreendida pelo movimento das massas e os romancistas) é sistemático e ...more
Incredibly interesting, especially as historical fiction is one of my favorite [I was about to put genres here but out of respect to Lukacz I won't] choices of reading material. His analysis of the duty of epic versus drama, the classic historical novel, and the bourgeois historical novel were genuinely very convincing in a lot of aspects, and opened up a completely new framework of evaluation for me. I think he becomes weaker as he approaches contemporary topics, especially in his analysis of ...more
É reconfortante terminar esse livro agora e ler como o realismo - profundo e fiel ao que realmente é o mundo - supera qualquer fase decadente, pois "contém as tendências que conduzem ao futuro de modo mais forte e nítido que os mais belos sonhos e projeções utópicos. " Precisamos encontrar um formato pra esse realismo na literatura brasileira contemporânea e lembrar que a força de várias vidas transformadoras está na massa do povo. "Força é mudares de vida"!
György Lukács was a Hungarian Marxist philosopher and literary critic. He is a founder of the tradition of Western Marxism. He contributed the ideas of reification and class consciousness to Marxist philosophy and theory, and his literary criticism was influential in thinking about realism and about the novel as a literary genre. He served briefly as Hungary's Minister of Culture as part of the ...more