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Yesterday's Tomorrow: On the Loneliness of Communist Specters and the Reconstruction of the Future

Yesterday's Tomorrow: On the Loneliness of Communist Specters and the Reconstruction of the Future

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Publication Date: April 20th, 2021
Publisher:
The MIT Press
ISBN:
9780262045131
Pages:
184
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Description

How the communist revolution failed, presented in a series of catastrophes.

The communist project in the twentieth century grew out of utopian desires to oppose oppression and abolish class structures, to give individual lives collective meaning. The attempts to realize these ideals became a series of colossal failures. In Yesterday's Tomorrow, Bini Adamczak examines these catastrophes, proceeding in reverse chronological order from 1939 to 1917: the Hitler-Stalin Pact, the Great Terror of 1937, the failure of the European Left to prevent National Socialism, Stalin's rise to power, and the bloody rebellion at Kronstadt. In the process, she seeks a future that never happened.

About the Author

Bini Adamczak is a Berlin-based social theorist and artist who writes on political theory, queer politics, and the past future of revolutions. She is the author of Communism for Kids (MIT Press).

Praise for Yesterday's Tomorrow: On the Loneliness of Communist Specters and the Reconstruction of the Future

"In her stupendous Yesterday’s Tomorrow, Bini Adamczak provides nothing less than the definitive account of what one cannot but call the ineradicable, absolutely authentic, Communist desire, the Idea of a society which fully overcomes domination...After reading this book and trying to select quotes from it, I was overwhelmed by a weird feeling that the entire book should be quoted.”
—Slavoj Zizek, The Philosophical Salon