The Communist Postscript
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The Communist Postscript

by Boris Groys
     
 

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Since Plato, philosophers have dreamed of establishing a rational state ruled through the power of language. In this radical and disturbing account of Soviet philosophy, Boris Groys argues that communism shares that dream and is best understood as an attempt to replace financial with linguistic bonds as the cement uniting society. The transformative power of

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Since Plato, philosophers have dreamed of establishing a rational state ruled through the power of language. In this radical and disturbing account of Soviet philosophy, Boris Groys argues that communism shares that dream and is best understood as an attempt to replace financial with linguistic bonds as the cement uniting society. The transformative power of language, the medium of equality, is the key to any new communist revolution.

Editorial Reviews

Iwona Blazwick
“Groys combines revelatory analysis with philosophical questions that go to the heart of cultural production today.”
New Left Review
“One of the most astute commentators on the art scene today.”
Radical Philosophy
“Groys has claimed a defining role in the reception of the Russian avant-garde … The Communist Postscript presents Groys’s attempt to advocate the communist idea against its own historic assumptions.”
From the Publisher
“One of the most astute commentators on the art scene today.”—New Left Review

“Groys combines revelatory analysis with philosophical questions that go to the heart of cultural production today.”—Iwona Blazwick

“A timely intervention in present debates about the legacy of communism [and] a provocative addition to Groys’ brilliantly paradoxical body of work.”—Art Review

“Groys has claimed a defining role in the reception of the Russian avant-garde ... The Communist Postscript presents Groys’s attempt to advocate the communist idea against its own historic assumptions.”—Radical Philosophy

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844674305
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
02/02/2010
Series:
Pocket Communism Series
Pages:
127
Product dimensions:
4.40(w) x 6.20(h) x 0.70(d)

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Meet the Author

Boris Groys is Professor of Aesthetics, Art History, and Media Theory at the Center for Art and Media Technology in Karlsruhe, and since 2005, the Global Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Science, NYU. He has published numerous books including The Total Art of Stalinism, Ilya Kabakov: The Man Who Flew into Space from His Apartment, Art Power, and The Communist Postscript.

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