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Communism, Poetry: Communicating Vessels (Some Insubordinate Essays, 1999-2018)

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By: Darko Suvin

“Poetry and communism: forms for emancipatory egalitarian longing. As vectors of desire, they intertwine frustration and hope, utopia and organization, bread and roses. They call us to attend to the past, not just to survive, but to establish again the revolutionary horizon we need to live. Communism and poetry: Darko Suvin shows us how they are the same.”

― Jodi Dean, author of Comrade: An Essay on Political Belonging

“Darko Suvin is an inspiring writer. His intellect and his commitment shine through every passage in his work, which encompasses several disciplines, several languages, and many countries. His prose, at once elegant and forceful, reminds us continuously of how the great achievements of human culture reflect or impinge on the core struggle to bring about a world in which the barriers of class – and all other pretexts for domination – have been broken down.”

― Victor Wallis, author of Red-Green Revolution: The Politics and Technology of Ecosocialism and Democracy Denied: Five Lectures on U.S. Politics

ISBN: 978-1895131-43-7
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Description

Communism, Poetry: Communicating Vessels reunites political thought with poetry, its true counterpart and companion in justice. Describing the background of present perpetual warfare, violence and mass lesions, Suvin opens up seemingly disparate subjects like the poetic mastery of Bertolt Brecht and the fate of the former Yugoslavia, and then relates them to each other. Through this approach, the book aims to lay bare the horizon of this current age of political crisis, and dares the reader to look beyond that horizon, to the serious, comprehensive alternative.

Author

Darko Suvin, F.R.S.C. was born in Zagreb, at the time in Kingdom of Yugoslavia, now the capital of Croatia. He earned his PhD from Zagreb University before moving to Canada and becoming a Professor at McGill University in Montreal — now emeritus. He is best known for several major works of criticism and literary history devoted to science fiction, as well as his work in the field of post-Yugoslav studies. He is also a published poet, in multiple languages.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences).

Reviews

“Poetry and communism: forms for emancipatory egalitarian longing. As vectors of desire, they intertwine frustration and hope, utopia and organization, bread and roses. They call us to attend to the past, not just to survive, but to establish again the revolutionary horizon we need to live. Communism and poetry: Darko Suvin shows us how they are the same.”

― Jodi Dean, author of Comrade: An Essay on Political Belonging

“Darko Suvin is an inspiring writer. His intellect and his commitment shine through every passage in his work, which encompasses several disciplines, several languages, and many countries. His prose, at once elegant and forceful, reminds us continuously of how the great achievements of human culture reflect or impinge on the core struggle to bring about a world in which the barriers of class – and all other pretexts for domination – have been broken down.”

—  Victor Wallis, author of Red-Green Revolution: The Politics and Technology of Ecosocialism and Democracy Denied: Five Lectures on U.S. Politics