Date: Sun Sep 03 2006 - 11:37:09 EDT
A review of two books by Kolakowski (on Marxism) and 1 by Jacques Attali (on Marx). In solidarity, Jerry =========================================================== The New York Review of Books September 21, 2006 <http://www.nybooks.com/articles/19302?email> Goodbye to All That? By Tony Judt Leszek Kolakowski is a philosopher from Poland. But it does not seem quite right--or sufficient--to define him that way. Like Czeslaw Milosz and others before him, Kolakowski forged his intellectual and political career in opposition to certain deep-rooted features of traditional Polish culture: clericalism, chauvinism, anti-Semitism. Forced to leave his native land in 1968, Kolakowski could neither return home nor be published there: between 1968 and 1981 his name was on Poland's index of forbidden authors and much of the work for which he is best known today was written and published abroad.
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