The state and revolution
In July 1917, when the Provisional Government issued a warrant for his arrest, Lenin fled from Petrograd; later that year, the October Revolution swept him to supreme power. In the short intervening period he spent in Finland, he wrote his impassioned, never-completed masterwork The State and Revolution. This powerfully argued book offers both the rationale for the new regime and a wealth of insights into Leninist politics. It was here that Lenin justified his personal interpretation of Marxism, savaged his opponents and set out his trenchant views on class conflict, the lessons of earlier revolutions, the dismantling of the bourgeois state and the replacement of capitalism by the dictatorship of the proletariat. As both historical document and political statement, its importance can hardly be exaggerated.
Translated and edited with an introduction by Robert Service
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The Absolute at Large
In this satirical classic, a brilliant scientist invents the Karburator, a reactor that can create abundant and practically free energy. However, the Karburator's superefficient energy production also yields a powerful by-product. The machine works by completely annihilating matter and in so doing releases the Absolute, the spiritual essence held within all matter, into the world. Infected by the heady, pure Absolute, the world's population becomes consumed with religious and national fervor, the effects of which ultimately cause a devastating global war. Set in the mid-twentieth century, The Absolute at Large questions the ethics and rampant spread of power, mass production, and atomic weapons that Karel Capek saw in the technological and political revolutions occurring around him. Stephen Baxter provides an introduction for this Bison Books edition.
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James Joyce's <i>Ulysses</i>
This book contains eighteen original essays by leading Joyce scholars on the eighteen separate chapters of "Ulysses". It attempts to explore the richness of Joyce's extraordinary novel more fully than could be done by any single scholar. Joyce's habit of using, when writing each chapter in "Ulysses", a particular style, tone, point of view, and narrative structure gives each contributor a special set of problems with which to engage, problems which coincide in every case with certain of his special interests. The essays in this volume complement and illuminate one another to provide the most comprehensive account yet published of Joyce's many-sided masterpiece.
James Joyce's Dublin: Topographical Guide to the Dublin of Ulysse
James Joyce's Dublin is published on the centenary of 'Bloomsday', the day of the action in Ulysses. Among other things, Ulysses is one of the most realistic novels ever written. Commentary on it has often focused on its crucial place in the history of modernism, its break with narrative convention, its exploration of the dilemmas of life in the twentieth century, or its concern with Irish nationalism, but the authors examine instead the importance of its basis in physical fact. The characters, many of them Dubliners appearing under their own names, visit shops and pubs, some of which can still be located in the streets of Dublin. James Joyce's Dublin offers a full account of them all and analyses their significance in the narrative. This scrutiny reveals many otherwise hidden relationships and ironies. There is a wealth of correspondences, many of which depend for their effect on a knowledge of who is doing what, and where, while other characters are otherwise engaged. Accordingly, the authors offer a detailed timetable of the book?s action, relating event to event.
The book includes: a detailed set of maps based on early twentieth-century originals; an analysis of Joyce's use of Thom's Official Directory of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland; an account of the characters' movements; a list of the postal addresses of characters and places; a timetable of events; and a selection of historical illustrations, mainly of places and monuments that no longer survive. This unique collection enables the reader to approach more fully the perspective of the native Dubliner in 1904 and enhance the delights - the understanding - of Joyce's great novel.
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Theory of Prose
Theory of Prose is one of the twentieth century's most important works of literary theory. It not only anticipates structuralism and poststructuralism, but poses questions about the nature of fiction that are as provocative today as they were in the 1920s. Arguing that writers structure their materials according to artistic principals rather than from attempts to imitate "reality," Shklovsky uses the works of Cervantes, Tolstoy, Sterne, Dickens, and others to give us a new way of thinking about fiction and the world.