Author: Suvin, Darko
Package Dimensions: 7.0 x 4.6 x 0.3 inches
Release Date: 04-05-2020
Details: The task of a communist manifesto has always been to expose the untruth of anti-utopia, of the proclamation that â€œthere was history, but there is no more. â€ It reveals the actual possibility of barbareiâ€”the immanent dystopia in â€œthe present state of things,â€ and it bears witness to the â€œspectreâ€ or utopia that the anti-utopians seek to exorcise, and that, as Brecht tells us, â€œspeaks in many tonguesâ€, while â€œin many it holds its tongue. â€ What Bertolt Brecht endeavoured to do in his unfinished attempt to versify the Communist Manifesto was, as Darko Suvin puts, to deautomatise it, saving the key lessons from its formal ossification and ritualisation in political and theoretical practices of the mainstreamed left, while smuggling in â€œnew questionsâ€. In Brechtâ€™s own words, he wanted to â€œrenew the propagandistic efficacyâ€ of the Communist Manifesto and â€œto lend it new, fortified authority. â€ Darko Suvin, a prominent Marxist scholar andpoet born in erstwhile Yugoslavia, has contributed immensely in the field of Marxist literary theory and aesthetics. He has engaged with the question of transformatory politics in all his endeavours.