All That Is Solid Melts into Air

All That Is Solid Melts into Air:The Experience of Modernity

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  • Paperback (1983)

All That Is Solid Melts into Air is widely acclaimed as one of the greatest books on modernity. A kaleidoscopic journey into the experience of modernization, it captures the dizzying social changes that swept up and transformed the lives of millions of people. Berman delves into the aesthetic and intellectual controversies of art, literature, and architecture: from the writing of Goethe, Marx and Dostoevsky to the Paris of Baudelaire and Haussmann, the Petersburg of the Tsarist builders and Pushkin, and the New York of devastated wastelands and creative artists.


  • A bubbling cauldron of ideas.

    New Statesman
  • A wonderful book ... generous, exuberant and dazzling.

    John LeonardNew York Times
  • Berman lights up every text he examines.