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HISTORY AND CLASS CONSCIOUSNESS HISTORY AND CLASS CONSCIOUSNESS
Studies in Marxist Dialectics
by Georg Lukács

Translated by Rodney Livingstone

Lukács explores problems of consciousness and organization, drawing on Luxemburg and Lenin.

"When the proletariat proclaims the dissolution of the existing social order," Marx declares, "it does no more than disclose the secret of its own existence, for it is the effective dissolution of that order."

..theory is essentially the intellectual expression of the revolutionary process itself. In it every stage of the process becomes fixed so that it may be generalised, communicated, utilised and developed. Because the theory does nothing but arrest and make conscious each necessary step, it becomes at the same time the necessary premise of the following one….

"one of the indispensable works of the twentieth century." Raymond Williams, Guardian.

"It is unquestionably, a work of extraordinary intellectual power. A central feature is the importance Luka?s attached to ideology as a weapon in the class struggle." Tribune

Contents: Preface (1967): What is Orthodox Marxism: The Marxism of Rosa Luxemburg: Class Consciousness, Reification and the Consciousness of the Proletariat: The Changing Function of Historical Materialism: Legality and Illegality: Critical Observations on Rosa Luxemburg's "Critique of the Russian Revolution": Towards a Methodology of the Problem of Organisation, Notes: Index.

ISBN. 978-0-85036-197-1

404 pages, paperback

Reprinted November 2010




Price:£18.95


THE MEANING OF CONTEMPORARY REALISM THE MEANING OF CONTEMPORARY REALISM
Georg Lukacs

With a new foreword by Gary Day, Dept. of English, De Montfort University, Leicester.

Unlike most critics writing today George Lukacs was concerned with finding out what is really happening in the world. He wanted to understand the nature of society, how it seemed designed to distort rather than develop people's lives and how that could be remedied.
In The Meaning of Contemporary Realism Lukacs examines the work of a number of writers, including Kafka and Mann, in the context of an exploration of the differences between realism and modernism. He sees the modernist emphasis on the self as an attempt to assert the integrity of the individual in the face of the distortions of capitalism. But to account for a situation is one thing, to resolve it another, and this requires that we choose between realism and modernism.
In the final chapter Lukacs compares critical and socialist realism, arguing that only socialist realism is capable of describing the forces working towards socialism, forces that drive the working class.

Georg (György) Lukács, (1885-1971) is one of the most important literary critics and philosophers of the 20th century. His literary works include: The Historical Novel and Studies in European Realism. His History and Class Consciousness established his reputation as major Marxist theoretician. He served in Hungarian governments twice: once in the midst of the revolution in 1919, and again, as Minister of Culture, in the anti-Stalinist regime that emerged in 1956.

ISBN. 0850362504
2006 reprint with new foreword.


Price:£12.95



ESSAYS ON THOMAS MANN ESSAYS ON THOMAS MANN

by Georg Lukács

These essays, written over a number of decades, are intended to throw light
on the central problems of the work of Thomas Mann whom Lukács describes as "the last great bourgeois writer". Translated by Stanley Mitchell.

223x142 mm. 170 pp.
ISBN. 0850362385
1964 Paperback
Reprinted 2007


Price:£10.95



GOETHE AND HIS AGE GOETHE AND HIS AGE

by Georg Lukács

Written in the 1930s and 1940s, these essays discuss Goethe's works, their role in German literature and the wider problems of the evolution of German culture and social thought. Translated by Robert Anchor.

223x142mm 260pp
ISBN. 0850362393
1979 Paperback


Price:£14.95



THE HISTORICAL NOVEL THE HISTORICAL NOVEL

by Georg Lukács

Studies of Scott, Goethe, Fenimore Cooper, Dickens, Manzoni, Tolstoy, and Mann.

'One of the permanent classics of criticism.' Raymond Williams: The Listener.

Translated by Hannah and Stanley Mitchell.

223 x 142mm 364pp
ISBN. 0850363780
1962 Paperback

Rights: USA: University of Nebraska Press


Price:£12.95



SOLZHENITSYN SOLZHENITSYN
by Georg Lukács

Lukács hails Solzhenitsyn as the true heir to the socialist-realist writers of post-revolutionary Russia and as a major novelist on a world scale. In the first essay Lukács examines One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich and shows how this novella fits into the tradition of classic literature from Homer onwards. In the second, larger section he discusses The First Circle and Cancer Ward and praises them more highly than any other twentieth-century writing.
Translated by William David Graf.

223x142mm 88pp
ISBN. 0850361435
1969 Hardback


Price:£14.95



SOUL AND FORM SOUL AND FORM

by Georg Lukács

This influential collection, first published in 1911, established Lukács as a critic. Here he considers the role of the critical essay and its relation to great aesthetics and reviewing philosophers and writers, Plato, Novalis, Kierkergaard, Olsen, Storm, Stefan George, Charles-Louis Phillipe, Beer-Hofman, Lawrence Sterne, Paul Ernst.
Translated by Anna Bostock

223x142mm 138pp 176pp
ISBN. 0850362512
Paperback
Reprinted 2007


Price:£12.95



THE THEORY OF THE NOVEL THE THEORY OF THE NOVEL
A Historical-Philosophical Essay on the Forms of Great Epic Literature

by Georg Lukács
Translated by Anna Bostock

Lukács is a thinker and critic widely appreciated in cultural and literary studies of the twentieth century. This book considers the nature and development of the novel and anticipates its development. It is an essay of prophetic vision: Lukács writes: "anyone who wants to become more intimately acquainted with the prehistory of the important ideologies of the <Actinic:Variable Name = 'nineteen'/> twenties and thirties ... will be helped by a critical reading of this book.

" It begins with a comparison of the historic conditions that gave rise to the epic and the novel. In the age of the novel the once known unity between man and his world has been lost and the hero has become an estranged seeker of the meaning of existence. Later Lukács offers a typology of the novel based on whether the hero struggles for a realisation of a meaningful idea, or withdraws from all action. The balance of these extreme forms the third possibility, and each type is exemplified. The book is not a study of artistic technicalities, but of man, history and art tied closely in their development. It is written in a lyrical style well rendered by the translation." Library Journal

214 x138mm 160pp
ISBN. 0850362369
Paperback
Reprinted 2003

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Price:£10.95



WRITER AND CRITIC AND OTHER ESSAYS WRITER AND CRITIC AND OTHER ESSAYS

by Georg Lukács

"The work of art must ... reflect correctly and in proper proportion all important factors objectively determining the area of life it represents. It must so reflect these that this area of life becomes comprehensible from within and from without, re-experiencable, that it appears as a totality of life."
Edited and translated by Arthur Kahn.

Contents: Preface, Art and objective Truth, Marx and Engels on Aesthetics, The Ideal of the Harmonious Man in Bourgeois Aesthetics, Healthy or Sick Art?, Narrate or Describe?, The Intellectual Physiognomy in Characterization, The Writer and the Critic, Pushkin's Place in World Literature.

223x142mm 256pp
ISBN. 0850362377
Paperback
Reprinted 2007

Price:£14.95



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