9781786636300
The Day After the Revolution
by V. I. Lenin Introduction by Slavoj Žižek
Part of the Revolutions series
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272 pages / November 2018 / 9781786636300
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272 pages / September 2017 / 9781786631886

One hundred years after the Russian Revolution, Žižek shows why Lenin’s thought is still important today

Lenin’s originality and importance as a revolutionary leader is most often associated with the seizure of power in 1917. But, Žižek argues in his new study and collection of original texts, Lenin’s true greatness can be better grasped in the very last couple of years of his political life. Russia had survived foreign invasion, embargo and a terrifying civil war, as well as internal revolts such as at Kronstadt in 1921. But the new state was exhausted, isolated and disorientated in the face of a world revolution that seemed to be receding. New paths had to be sought for the Soviet state to survive and imagine some alternative route to the future. With his characteristic brio and provocative insight, Žižek suggests that Lenin’s courage as a thinker can be found in his willingness to face this reality of retreat lucidly and frontally.

Previously published in hardcover as Lenin 2017: Remembering, Repeating, and Working Through.

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“The excitable fluency, ursine congeniality and gleeful readiness to provoke and offend all feed the sense of authentic spontaneity and energy that has made Žižek something like European philosophy’s punk icon, packing out auditoriums around the world.”

“Few thinkers illustrate the contradictions of contemporary capitalism better than Slavoj Žižek, one of the world’s best-known public intellectuals.”

“A gifted speaker—tumultuous, emphatic, direct—he writes as he speaks.”

“Like Socrates on steroids. Breathtakingly perceptive.”

“Such passion, in a man whose work forms a shaky, cartoon rope-bridge between the minutiae of popular culture and the big abstract problems of existence, is invigorating, entertaining and expanding enquiring minds around the world.”

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