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All That Is Solid Melts Into Air

Author : Marshall Berman
ISBN : 0860917851
Genre : Civilization, Modern
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The experience of modernization -- the dizzying social changes that swept millions of people into the capitalist world -- and modernism in art, literature and architecture are brilliantly integrated in this account.
Category: Civilization, Modern

All That Is Solid Melts Into Air

Author : Marshall Berman
ISBN : 1844676447
Genre : Civilization, Modern
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Marshall Berman's 'All That is Solid Melts into Air' provides a kaleidoscopic journey into the experiences of modernisation, the dizzying social changes that swept millions of people into the capitalist world.
Category: Civilization, Modern

All That Is Solid Melts Into Air

Author : Darragh McKeon
ISBN : 9781443418843
Genre : Fiction
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Under a crimson dawn sky, Artyom Telvatnikov stands in a field of cows, his fingertips glistening with warm blood that streams from their ears. It is April 1986, and ten miles away, above the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, clusters of sparks fill the air, inflaming the final years of the Soviet Union, inciting its citizens to actions of brutality, mystery and terrible beauty. Grigory, a surgeon working in the wake of the disaster, in a place where all natural order has been distorted, is forced to question everything he has known. In Moscow, his estranged wife, Maria, a former dissident, struggles to free herself from the constraints imposed upon her by the state. Her nephew Yevgeni is a nine-year-old piano prodigy whose sense of rhythm is rapidly eroding. In All That Is Solid Melts into Air, Darragh McKeon blends an array of these and other characters into a strikingly visceral portrait of a place and a people in the midst of terrifying change. Praise for All That is Solid Melts into Air “This daring and ambitious novel blends historical epic and love story with a detailed and moving description of the Chernobyl disaster and the fall of the Soviet Union. Darragh McKeon handles the struggles of his characters with care and compassion and creates a book rich with resonance far beyond its historical moment.” —Colm Tóibín “Brilliantly imagined in its harrowing account of the Chernobyl disaster and exhilarating in its sweep, All That is Solid Melts Into Air is a debut to rattle all the windows and open up the ventricles of the heart. McKeon creates a thrilling appearance of ease, while he delves deep and forges new territory for the contemporary novel. The book is daring, exhilarating, generous and beautifully written. History is rendered here as a rising choir of contradictory demands. McKeon probes the forgotten corners of human experience and makes them properly valuable. Throughout it all, he writes with an ear for the quiet captivations of the human heart. All That is Solid Melts into Air marks the beginning of a truly significant career. I cannot say it loud enough. McKeon is here to stay.” —Colum McCann “Darragh McKeon has crafted a quietly monumental portrait of Soviet particulars and human universals. The confidence, insight, and above all deep feeling mark All That is Solid Melts into Air as an astounding debut.” —Charles Foran
Category: Fiction

Modernism In The Streets

Author : Marshall Berman
ISBN : 9781784785000
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Essays tracing the intellectual life of a quintessential New York City writer and thinker Marshall Berman was one of the great urbanists and Marxist cultural critics of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and his brilliant, nearly sui generis book All That Is Solid Melts Into Air is a masterpiece of the literature on modernism. But like many New York intellectuals, the essay was his characteristic form, accommodating his multifarious interests and expressing his protean, searching exuberant mind. This collection includes early essays from and on the radical ’60s, on New York City, on literary figures from Kafka to Pamuk, and late essays on rock, hip hop, and gentrification. Concluding with his last essay, completed just before his death in 2013, this book is Berman’s intellectual autobiography, tracing his career as a thinker through the way he read the “signs in the street.””
Category: Literary Criticism

Adventures In Marxism

Author : Marshall Berman
ISBN : 1859843093
Genre : Political Science
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A new beginning for Marxism might just be on the horizon of a landscape despoiled by Soviet communism and a now wobbling world capitalism. The attention attracted by the 150th anniversary of The Communist Manifesto included laudatory references to Marx in venues as unexpected as The New York Times and The New Yorker. More predictably, the tributes in such publications focused on the strength of Marx as a critic of capital or a powerful wordsmith, rather than as an advocate of communism. But, if Marxism is to enjoy a rebirth in the coming century, appreciation needs to move beyond its value as a critical tool or a literary pleasure. The emancipatory potential of Marxism, its capacity to configure a world beyond the daily grind of selling one's labor to stay alive, will have to be established anew. No one has made a better start to this task than the esteemed critic and writer Marshall Berman. Berman first read The Communist Manifesto in the same week as Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman while at high school. A few years later, now a student at Columbia University, he was handing out copies of Marx's 1844 Manuscripts, purchased for 50 cents each at the (Soviet) Four Continents Bookstore in New York, as holiday presents for friends and relatives. Here was the beginning of a lifelong engagement with Marxism that, as this volume demonstrates, has been both consistent and refreshing. In these pages are discussions of work on Marx and Marxism by Edmund Wilson, Jerrold Siegel, James Billington, Georg Lukcs, Irving Howe and Isaac Babel. They are brought together in a single embrace by Berman's spirited appreciation of Marxism as expressive, playful, sometimes even a little vulgar, but always an adventure.
Category: Political Science

New York Calling

Author : Marshall Berman
ISBN : 1861893388
Genre : History
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In an insightful and idiosyncratic compilation of essays, a group of writers, both famed and emerging, reflects on the complex and diverse scene of New York life in all five boroughs, in a collection that includes Robert Atkins's history of New York's gay culture and the impact of AIDS, Richard Meltzer's piece on the homeless, and works by Tim McLoughlin, Edmund Berrigan, and Tom Robbins, among others. Original.
Category: History

A History And Theory Of The Social Sciences

Author : Peter Wagner
ISBN : 0761965696
Genre : Social Science
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Divided into two parts, this book examines the train of social theory from the 19th century, through to the `organization of modernity', in relation to ideas of social planning, and as contributors to the `rationalistic revolution' of the `golden age' of capitalism in the 1950s and 60s. Part two examines key concepts in the social sciences. It begins with some of the broadest concepts used by social scientists: choice, decision, action and institution and moves on to examine the `collectivist alternative': the concepts of society, culture and polity, which are often dismissed as untenable by postmodernists today. This is a major contribution to contemporary social theory and provides a host of essential insights into the task of social scie
Category: Social Science

The Politics Of Authenticity

Author : Marshall Berman
ISBN : 1844674401
Genre : Philosophy
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An examination of authenticity as a revolutionary concept.
Category: Philosophy

Adventures In Modernism

Author : Jennifer Corby
ISBN : 0996004165
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Marshall Berman was a political theorist, urbanist, and public intellectual that gave a generation a way to think about what it means to be modern. He offered a vision of Marx as a preeminent modernist and humanist, which served as a touchstone for his exploration into the complexity of our modern world and lives. Marshall was singularly capable of seamlessly weaving together the ideas of Dostoevsky and Kurtis Blow, the experiences of St. Petersburg and the South Bronx. In so doing, he helped make sense of the maelstrom of modern life into which we are born, and helped buttress a sense of optimism in the midst of a chaos in which all that is solid melts into air.Adventures in Modernism: Thinking with Marshall Berman is a testament to just how deeply and broadly his influence can be felt, as its contributors consist of theorists, architects, media critics, urbanists, and historians from across the globe. Some essays demonstrate the potential for applying Marshall?s methods of analysis into new locales such as Iran or Scotland. Others return to familiar places like the South Bronx or Times Square in order to stretchor update Marshall?s analyses. Some essays engage Marshall as a theorist, and analyze his ideas of public, urban life, and of modernism and modernity. Another explores the impact Marshall?s work has in the classroom, as well as his own role as a teacher. Collectively, the essays that comprise this volume reflect deeply on Marshall?s work, and speak to its continued relevance in helping to not only decipher, but to find meaning in our modern world.


Author : Peter Wagner
ISBN : 9780745652917
Genre : Social Science
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This is a brief, authoritative and accessible introduction to the idea of modernity, written by a leading social theorist. Wagner shows that modernity was based on ideas of freedom, reason and progress, but he examines the extent to which these ideas have been, and can be, realized in the modern world.
Category: Social Science