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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Open Market Ed edition (1 Sept. 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140109625
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140109627
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 963,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The imaginative range, intellectual force and infectious generosity of this book are what place it incontestably in the gallery of canonical texts. --Mica Nava, Times Higher Education Supplement

A bubbling cauldron of ideas. --New Statesman

A wonderful book ... generous, exuberant and dazzling. --John Leonard, New York Times --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Marshall Berman is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at City College of New York and the CUNY Graduate Center. He writes frequently for The Nation and The Village Voice, and serves on the editorial board of Dissent. His books include Adventures in Marxism, The Politics of Authenticity and, most recently, On the Town, all from Verso. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Phil O'Sofa on 20 July 2013
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This book, first published around 1980, is now regarded as a classic text on the subject of the modern world, or more specifically, the whole notion of 'modernity'. What do we mean by 'modern'?
Berman starts with the earliest development of the modern industrial process, during the latter years of the 18th century, examining in particular the concept of 'development' itself. Throughout the book, he explores how development is portrayed in literature and other art forms, starting with Goethe's Faust, and moving on through Marx (the source of the title), Baudelaire, Dostoevsky and other Russians, and ending with a look at New York during the last century, as the city is torn apart and rebuilt around the modern notion of the car and the highway.
The story of development and the concept of 'creative destruction'; the constant renewal that the capitalist system demands, is all very interesting in itself, but what makes this book really special is the way the author looks at the subject through the writings of contemporary authors, giving us an insight into some of the great works of literature, from the viewpoint of the world in which the writers lived and how they experienced the changes that were taking place all around them.
For anyone interested in the whole idea of modernism and development, this book is well worth reading.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Toby Frith on 1 Jun. 2011
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Taking its title from the quote by Karl Marx, Berman's authoritative study into the modernist experience, originally written in 1981, still has major significance in the midst of the information revolution and the death of the Soviet Union.

He takes the reader back to analyze literature from Goethe, Baudelaire and Marx himself to Russian masters such as Gogol and Mandelstam, observing how their writing helped to frame our understanding of Modernism set against the developing social and economic framework of the Western world.

At the heart of the book is Nevsky Prospekt, the ultra-modern street in the heart of the first true modern city in Petersburg that gave birth to the most important moment of 20th century history.
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27 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 May 1999
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This book develops the idea that Modernity's defining characteristic is that of the continual reassertion of ambivalence. In light of this argument the author revisits writers such as Goete, Marx and Dostoevsky adding new dimensions to them all as well as to our understanding of Modernity. A book of tremendous wisdom and intelligence. Well written and highly recommended.
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