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- ISBN: 9781844677146 | 1844677141
- Cover: Paperback
- Copyright: 8/1/2011
Isn'¬"t Lenin little more than a byword for one of the great catastrophes of the twentieth century? No, Slavoj Å½iÅ¾ek argues, Lenin deserves wider consideration, and his writings of 1917 are testament to a formidable political mind. Everything is here, from Lenin-the-ingenious-revolutionary-strategist to Lenin-of-the-enacted- utopia. To use Kierkegaard'¬"s phrase, what we can glimpse in these writings is Lenin-in-becoming: not yet Lenin-the-Soviet-institution, but Lenin thrown into an open, contingent situation. In Revolution at the Gates, Å½iÅ¾ek locates the 1917 writings in their historical context, while his extensive afterword tackles the key question of whether Lenin can be reinvented in our era of '¬Ücultural capitalism'¬". He concludes that whatever the discussion'¬ ;the crisis of capitalism, the possibility of a redemptive violence, the falsity of liberal tolerance'¬ ;the time is ripe for us to revise our understanding of Lenin.