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The Historical Novel

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  141 ratings  ·  6 reviews
"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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Mateus Pereira
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
If you must read this, read it with Russian Revolutionary singing in the background. It'll give that extra punch to dramatic sentences like: "Today's historical novel has arisen and is developing amid the DAWN of a NEW democracy."
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"!
Marta Ilieva
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it
grad school requirement.
Sep 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Marxists; literary scholars
Great theoretical classic. Improved my understanding of the history and significance of novels.
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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