All That Is Solid Melts into Air The Experience of Modernity Paperback – 1 Oct 1983
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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.
About the Author
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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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.
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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This book is a little difficult to hold open. You need to use both hands to make sure the opposite sides stay apart.Published 18 months ago by G