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Leon Trotsky on Literature and Art Paperback – June, 1972


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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Pathfinder Pr; 2 edition (June 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873483731
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873483735
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.2 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,753,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Leon Trotsky (1879-1940; born Lev Davidovich Bronshtein) was a Russian Marxist revolutionary and theorist, Soviet politician, and the founder and first leader of the Red Army. As Stalin rose in the Soviet Union, Trotsky was removed from power, expelled from the Communist Party, deported from the Soviet Union, and assassinated on Stalin's orders.

This book is a collection of various writings of Trotsky on literature and art, rather than a single work by Trotsky himself. However, it is interesting to fill out the perspective we have have of Trotsky from his other works.

He observes that "Each class has its own policy in art... which changes with time" (Pg. 31) Every ruling class, as well creates its own culture and art, which implies that the proletariat must also create its own culture and art. (Pg. 41)

He states that the effect of a totalitarian regime upon artistic literature is "ruinous." (Pg. 99)

He admits, moreever, that "There is no revolutionary art as yet," although "there are hints and attempts at it" (Pg. 59). But while culture was the main instrument of class oppression, he asserts that it "can become the instrument of socialist emancipation." (Pg. 88)
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