New Book: The Actuality of Communism

I haven’t read it – and can’t vouch for whether or not it talks about libertarian communism as we would understand it – but its title at least may indicate an interest in reviving debates over the idea of communism in academic circles.





From the Capital and Class mailing list:


NEW TITLE:

THE ACTUALITY OF COMMUNISM

BY BRUNO BOSTEELS

PUBLISHED: 1 AUGUST 2011

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“The idea of communism is rising from its grave once again—but what does it effectively amount to?...A beautifully written work which is a must for everyone interested in what’s left of the contemporary Left” - Slavoj Žižek

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One of the rising stars of contemporary critical theory, Bruno Bosteels discusses the new currents of thought generated by figures such as Alain Badiou, Jacques Rancière and Slavoj Žižek, who are spearheading the revival of interest in communism.

Bosteels examines this resurgence of communist thought through the prism of “speculative leftism”—an incapacity to move beyond lofty abstractions and thoroughly rethink the categories of masses, classes and state.

Debating those questions with writers including Roberto Esposito and Alberto Moreiras, Bosteels also provides a vital account of the work of the Bolivian Vice President and thinker Alvaro García Linera.

This book is the latest title in Verso’s POCKET COMMUNISM series. The series publishes new strands of left theory and has featured work by Alain Badiou, Slavoj Žižek and Boris Groys.

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BRUNO BOSTEELS, Professor of Romance Studies at Cornell University, is the author of THE ACTUALITY OF COMMUNISM, BADIOU AND POLITICS and, forthcoming from Verso in 2012, MARX AND FREUD IN LATIN AMERICA. He is the editor of the journal, DIACRITICS.
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