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  1. Owain Owain says:

    I inherited this book from a deceased comrade To be fair I thought it was going to be one of those reads you have to slog through That was not the case There are some extremely interesting discussions by some prominent Soviet revolutionaries, primarily Karl Radek and Nikolai Bukharin and the founder of socialist realism himself Maxim Gorky.I was surprised at Bukharin s discussion of poetry Having mostly read of the Bolshevik revolutionaries in relatively dry history books I seem to have cons I inherited this book from a deceased comrade To be fair I thought it was going to be one of those reads you have to slog through That was not the case There are some extremely interesting discussions by some prominent Soviet revolutionaries, primarily Karl Radek and Nikolai Bukharin and the founder of socialist realism himself Maxim Gorky.I was surprised at Bukharin s discussion of poetry Having mostly read of the Bolshevik revolutionaries in relatively dry history books I seem to have constructed a rather one dimensional impression of the likes of Bukharin for myself Needles to say I was pleasantly surprised Bukharin discusses first what poetry is The Encyclopedia Britannica says Absolute poetry is the concrete and artistic expression of the human mind in emotional and rhythmical language It is easy to see that this definition suffers from the fundamental defect that it defines poetry, that is, a concrete form of art, by means of artistic activity, which itself must be defined from the point of view of the specific character of art The definition is therefore tautological He then goes on to say about the ancient Hindu Anandavardhana doctrine that deals with the twofold hidden meaning of poetic speech It is clear that Bukharin seesto poetry than merely a rhythmic meter and emotional expression Over the next few pages he goes on to discuss Hindu, Chinese and Greek poetic traditions speaking of concepts of the Tao, the Dhvana, the Logos and so on, touching on something pretty similar to what I consider as the essence of poetry For me it s all about the metaphor For Bukharin it s all about the idea contained within the poetry The world has its magicians, who broaden and enrich the circle of existence by the magic of their will and the music of their words Radek s speech to congress takes up the larger part of the book It is a very worthwhile read, HE discusses how literature develops under different systems i.e capitalism fascism, socialism Which is very interesting It s inevitable that art reflects the society that gives birth to it Nothing reflects thatthan the commodification of art and the commodity fetishisation How many pieces of mass produced art are made to be collected in series Look at how art is made into handy little snippets that can be carried away once purchased and what happens when a popular artist paints on a wall Banksy so that all can enjoy but that is not enough for the capitalist system because this piece of art cannot be owned by an individual so what do they do Cuts the artwork out from the wall and transform it into a commodity that can be bought and sold Not creating the value of the work but appropriating it in true bourgeois style This is what Radek is getting at, obviously he didn t have that reference to draw upon but still he proposes that different systems affect how art is made Under capitalism it is made for private and individual consumption, if you can t afford it you can t appreciate it However under socialism there is a possibility to make art accessible for all, to free the working class to be able to study and appreciate art and its creation, to allow proletarian art forms to flourish He also talks about the stagnation of art under fascism How fascism cannot look forward to a great future because of its retrospection because in reality it does not propose a bright new future but exists merely as the last reaction of the capitalist system under threat and exists solely to preserve that system Fascist art can also only appeal to certain sections, as it relies on the stifled and traditional values of the petit bourgeois middle class in order to maintain the true bourgeois class Obviously you only have to look at the Nazi book burnings to see what happens to literature under fascism Here only a year into fascist control of Germany and this Soviet congress is talking of fascism so earnestly and urgently that you can see just how massively complacent the capitalist powers were towards it


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Soviet Writers' Congress, 1934 ❮PDF / Epub❯ ★ Soviet Writers' Congress, 1934 ✓ Author Maxim Gorky – Polishdarling.co.uk Writers Congress Seventeen Moments in Soviet The First Congress of Soviet Writers convened on August presided over by the once prodigal son and now loyal Soviet writer, Maksim Gorky The stars of Sovie Writers Congress Seventeen Moments in Soviet The First Congress of Soviet Writers convened on August presided over by the once prodigal son and now loyal Soviet writer, Maksim Gorky The stars of Soviet literature were in attendance, sharing the ornate hall with lesser literary lights Thousands of letters from workers, collective farmers, students, Young Pioneers and intellectuals poured into the congress with congratulationsSoviet Writers CongressMarxists Internet The Soviet Writers Congress was held in August , five years into the ultra left Third Period of the Comintern, Soviet Writers' PDF or shortly afterwards abandoned in favour of the Popular Front policy The thrust of the Comintern s cultural policy at this time, was to gather around the Comintern leading writers and intellectuals in all countries on the basis of a very sharp anti fascist line, inSoviet Writers CongressMarxists Internet And this event the Soviet Writers Congress was a truly historic event, testifying to the unexampled growth of culture in the U S S R A tremendous cultural revolution is going on in the Soviet Union This Soviet era is sometimes compared with antiquity or with the Renaissance period, the basis of this comparison being such general outward attributes as vivid personality, braveryUnion of Soviet Writers Wikipedia Union of Soviet Writers, USSR Union of Writers, or Soviet Union of Writers Russian , romanized Soyuz Sovetstikh Pisatelei was a creative union of professional writers in the Soviet Union It was founded inon the initiative of the Central Committee of the Communist Partyafter disbanding a number of other writers organizations RAPPSoviet Writers CongressThe Debate on Soviet Writers Congressbook read reviews from world s largest community for readers Soviet Writers CongressMarxists Internet Soviet Writers CongressA A Zdhanov Soviet Literature The Richest in Ideas, the Most Advanced Literature Speech delivered in AugustSource Gorky, Radek, Bukharin, Zhdanov and others Soviet Writers Congress, page, Lawrence Wishart,Online Version Marxists Internet Archive marxistsTranscribed by Jose Braz for the Marxists InternetSoviet Writers Congress Stock Photos Soviet Find the perfect soviet writers congress stock photo Huge collection, amazing choice,million high quality, affordable RF and RM images No need to register, buy now Union of Soviet Writers Spartacus Educational Other writers such as Isaac Babel rebelled by ceasing to write Babel told theCongress of Soviet Writers that I have invented a new genre the genre of silence To encourage writers to conform they were among the highest paid people in the Soviet Union Maxim Gorky Soviet Literature Marxists Internet Maxim Gorky speech to the Soviet Writers Congress Speech delivered in AugustSource Gorky, Radek, Bukharin, Zhdanov and others Soviet Writers Congress , page, Lawrence Wishart,First published inOnline Version Marxists Internet Archive marxistsTranscribed by Jose Braz for the Marxists Internet Archive Category Soviet writers Wikipedia Wikimedia Commons has media related to Writers from the Soviet Union Classification People By occupation Writers By nationality Soviet Also Soviet Union People By occupation Writers Subcategories This category has the followingsubcategories, out oftotal Writers from MoscowP Soviet male writersC,P Soviet women writersC,P C Soviet child.


10 thoughts on “Soviet Writers' Congress, 1934

  1. Owain Owain says:

    I inherited this book from a deceased comrade To be fair I thought it was going to be one of those reads you have to slog through That was not the case There are some extremely interesting discussions by some prominent Soviet revolutionaries, primarily Karl Radek and Nikolai Bukharin and the founder of socialist realism himself Maxim Gorky.I was surprised at Bukharin s discussion of poetry Having mostly read of the Bolshevik revolutionaries in relatively dry history books I seem to have cons I inherited this book from a deceased comrade To be fair I thought it was going to be one of those reads you have to slog through That was not the case There are some extremely interesting discussions by some prominent Soviet revolutionaries, primarily Karl Radek and Nikolai Bukharin and the founder of socialist realism himself Maxim Gorky.I was surprised at Bukharin s discussion of poetry Having mostly read of the Bolshevik revolutionaries in relatively dry history books I seem to have constructed a rather one dimensional impression of the likes of Bukharin for myself Needles to say I was pleasantly surprised Bukharin discusses first what poetry is The Encyclopedia Britannica says Absolute poetry is the concrete and artistic expression of the human mind in emotional and rhythmical language It is easy to see that this definition suffers from the fundamental defect that it defines poetry, that is, a concrete form of art, by means of artistic activity, which itself must be defined from the point of view of the specific character of art The definition is therefore tautological He then goes on to say about the ancient Hindu Anandavardhana doctrine that deals with the twofold hidden meaning of poetic speech It is clear that Bukharin seesto poetry than merely a rhythmic meter and emotional expression Over the next few pages he goes on to discuss Hindu, Chinese and Greek poetic traditions speaking of concepts of the Tao, the Dhvana, the Logos and so on, touching on something pretty similar to what I consider as the essence of poetry For me it s all about the metaphor For Bukharin it s all about the idea contained within the poetry The world has its magicians, who broaden and enrich the circle of existence by the magic of their will and the music of their words Radek s speech to congress takes up the larger part of the book It is a very worthwhile read, HE discusses how literature develops under different systems i.e capitalism fascism, socialism Which is very interesting It s inevitable that art reflects the society that gives birth to it Nothing reflects thatthan the commodification of art and the commodity fetishisation How many pieces of mass produced art are made to be collected in series Look at how art is made into handy little snippets that can be carried away once purchased and what happens when a popular artist paints on a wall Banksy so that all can enjoy but that is not enough for the capitalist system because this piece of art cannot be owned by an individual so what do they do Cuts the artwork out from the wall and transform it into a commodity that can be bought and sold Not creating the value of the work but appropriating it in true bourgeois style This is what Radek is getting at, obviously he didn t have that reference to draw upon but still he proposes that different systems affect how art is made Under capitalism it is made for private and individual consumption, if you can t afford it you can t appreciate it However under socialism there is a possibility to make art accessible for all, to free the working class to be able to study and appreciate art and its creation, to allow proletarian art forms to flourish He also talks about the stagnation of art under fascism How fascism cannot look forward to a great future because of its retrospection because in reality it does not propose a bright new future but exists merely as the last reaction of the capitalist system under threat and exists solely to preserve that system Fascist art can also only appeal to certain sections, as it relies on the stifled and traditional values of the petit bourgeois middle class in order to maintain the true bourgeois class Obviously you only have to look at the Nazi book burnings to see what happens to literature under fascism Here only a year into fascist control of Germany and this Soviet congress is talking of fascism so earnestly and urgently that you can see just how massively complacent the capitalist powers were towards it


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