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Literature and Revolution
A new, annotated edition of Leon Trotsky's classic study of the relationship of politics and art.

Leon Trotsky penned this engaging book to elucidate the complex way in which art informs— and can alter—our understanding of the world. Features new reader-friendly explanatory notes.

Leon Trotsky was a leader of the Russian Revolution in 1917 and is the author of My Life.

William Keach is a professor of English at Brown University. He is editor of Coleridge’s Complete Poems.

  • “Roll over Derrida: Literature and Revolution is back in print. Nothing in the postmodern canon comes close to the intellectual grandeur of Trotsky’s vision of art and literature in an age of revolution, or his extraordinary meditations on the popular ownership of culture.” —Mike Davis

    “Re-reading Trotsky on literature 40 years later is a delight.” —Tariq Ali

    "It is splenid to have this magnificent classic of Marxist criticism available once more, and in so helpful and inofrmmative a version. Trostky's rare combination of lierary sensitivity and historical understanding give the lie to all those for whom Marxist critiism can deal with modes of production but not with metaphors." —Terry Eagleton

    "The most important text of this period ... is almost certainly Trotsky’s Literature and Revolution. A landmark survey of the entire Russian literary terrain, it provides a unique record of the literary and stylistic upheavals brought about by social revolution. The book locates in literary forms and styles the ambiguous political tendencies of their authors, and is driven by the ultimate goal of producing a culture and collective subjectivity adequate to the construction of socialism.” —Revue Periode

Other books by Leon Trotsky

  • Stalin

    A work eighty years in the making, Leon Trotsky's unfinished masterpiece: Stalin.

  • Trotsky on Lenin

    Combining Young Lenin and On Lenin in one volume, this is a fascinating political biography by fellow revolutionary Leon Trotsky.
  • Lessons of October

    An critical examination of the key actors and larger social movements that led to the rise of the Bolsheviks.
  • 1905

    1905 chronicles the key developments lead to revolution and the unsuccessful attempt at overthrowing the Tsar of Russia.
  • History of the Russian Revolution

    The definitive account of the Russian Revolution, by Leon Trotsky, its leader and key historian.