~THIS THREAD IS A NO-CONDESCENSION ZONE~
Let’s talk about leftist books! I have long considered myself to the left of the US Democratic Party, but the election of America’s Baby Ubu Roi galvanized me to actually sit down and get educated. Do you have a favorite leftist book or author, fiction or non-fiction?
I picked up four non-fiction books the other day:
I’ve heard from multiple people that this is the best introduction to Marx’s writing. It’s his historical analysis of the French Revolution and how Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte became a dictator, written right after it happened. I have very poor background in this area of history, but I’m hoping that some Wikipedia diving will prepare me for this. This book seems like a great way to absorb some Marxist theory.
China Mieville is a cool leftist science fiction author who recently wrote this nonfiction book about the history of the Russian Revolution of 1917. I heard an interview with him talking about this book on Chapo Trap House and it sounded really fascinating. This book seems like a good way to learn about how a real leftist revolution has actually happened (and can again).
I know this book is so common and popular as to be almost embarrassing. I saw Ladybird! I wish I’d been assigned this book in high school. I’m pretty sure I never got taught most of this book’s subject matter in Florida public schools, so it’s time to bone up. Maybe this book will help me apply some of the Marxist theory I’ll be reading to American history.
I’ve been interested in the Situationists for a long time, from my interest in art history. I’ve tried to read parts of this book before, but it is really dense and difficult! However, I picked up a new translation that purports to be a little friendlier. I really think Debord hit the mark with his formulation of late Capitalism as a spectacle, and this book seems like it’ll contain deep truths on how that spectacle works and how to strike back at it. I’ve already made extensive use of his idea of détournement in my filmmaking and had a great time doing it. Reading this book will help me learn how Marxist ideas were further developed deep into the 20th century.