Caviar and Ashes: A Warsaw Generation's Life and Death in Marxism, 1918-1968

Caviar and Ashes: A Warsaw Generation's Life and Death in Marxism, 1918-1968

by Marci Shore
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300143281

ISBN-13: 9780300143287

Pub. Date: 01/27/2009

Publisher: Yale University Press

"In the elegant capital city of Warsaw, the editor Mieczyslaw Grydzewski would come with his two dachshunds to a café called Ziemianska." Thus begins the history of a generation of Polish literati born at the fin de siècle. They sat in Café Ziemianska and believed that the world moved on what they said there. Caviar and Ashes tells the

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"In the elegant capital city of Warsaw, the editor Mieczyslaw Grydzewski would come with his two dachshunds to a café called Ziemianska." Thus begins the history of a generation of Polish literati born at the fin de siècle. They sat in Café Ziemianska and believed that the world moved on what they said there. Caviar and Ashes tells the story of the young avant-gardists of the early 1920s who became the radical Marxists of the late 1920s. They made the choice for Marxism before Stalinism, before socialist realism, before Marxism meant the imposition of Soviet communism in Poland. It ended tragically.
Marci Shore begins with this generation’s coming of age after the First World War and narrates a half-century-long journey through futurist manifestos and proletarian poetry, Stalinist terror and Nazi genocide, a journey from the literary cafés to the cells of prisons and the corridors of power. Using newly available archival materials from Poland and Russia, as well as from Ukraine and Israel, Shore explores what it meant to live Marxism as a European, an East European, and a Jewish intellectual in the twentieth century.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300143287
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
01/27/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
967,793
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
List of Abbreviationsxv
Cast of Charactersxvii
Introduction: When God Died1
1Once upon a Time, in a Cafe Called Ziemianska10
2Love and Revolution33
3A Visit from Mayakovsky52
4A Funeral for Futurism70
5Entanglements, Terror, and the Fine Art of Confession90
6Autumn in Soviet Galicia153
7Into the Abyss194
8Stalinism amidst Warsaw's Ruins257
9Ice Melting305
10The End of the Affair330
Epilogue360
Conclusion: Does History Go On?366
Notes379
Index447

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