University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, MN, 2020. 336pp., $30 pb
Reviewed by Isabel Jacobs
About the reviewer
Isabel Jacobs is a doctoral candidate in Comparative Literature at Queen Mary University of London. … More
In a recent article, Maria Chehonadskih (2021) argues that the adjective ‘Soviet’ is today used as a `floating signifier’ either embracing totalitarian connotations of the Soviet State or positively referring to the event and legacy of the Russian Revolution. While appreciating the first decade after the Revolution as a period of avant-garde experimentation, Western Marxists still dismiss the Soviet experience of anti-capitalism after the Stalinist period. In fact, Soviet Marxist theories and practices from the 1960-70s are terra incognita for many contemporary Marxist theorists.