The Red Atlantis: Communist Culture in the Absence of Communism

The Red Atlantis: Communist Culture in the Absence of Communism

by J. Hoberman
     
 

For most of this century, artistic and political vanguards were spellbound by the Communist promise of a new human era. In The Red Atlantis, J. Hoberman sifts through the wreckage of Marxist fantasy, arguing that Communism produced a complex culture with a dialectical relation to both modernism and itself, and, in doing so, became the aesthetic project of the… See more details below

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For most of this century, artistic and political vanguards were spellbound by the Communist promise of a new human era. In The Red Atlantis, J. Hoberman sifts through the wreckage of Marxist fantasy, arguing that Communism produced a complex culture with a dialectical relation to both modernism and itself, and, in doing so, became the aesthetic project of the twentieth century.\

Editorial Reviews

Howard Hampton
Subtitled Communist culture in the Absence of Communism, Hoberman's book is a fast yet incisive read: sardonic, poignant, and at times almost awestruck by the sheer magnitude of Soviet folly. Surveying the ruins of a political economy based on state-sponsored fantasy, Hoberman disinters an aesthetic of thought-control that administered happiness like shock treatment.
Bookforum
New Yorker
Hoberman is an expert gifted with high intellectual spirits.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566396431
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
11/28/1998
Series:
Culture and the Moving Image Series
Pages:
315
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 9.29(h) x 1.09(d)

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