[Marxism] literature of dissidence

Ian Pace ian at ianpace.com
Tue Jul 12 14:45:43 MDT 2011

> Gary MacLennan: I am trying to draw up a schedule of dissident literature 
> which could act as
a counter to the official literature of dissidence.  Y'know the usual
suspects -Orwell, Koestler, Solzhenitsyn, Bao Dei...

> Any  suggestions?

How would you feel about the idea of Thomas Mann as a type of dissident? He 
was prepared after 1945 to speak much more openly about what had happened to 
Germany than many other Germans, in various articles published in the newly 
re-formed West German press, and who also refused to come down clearly on 
the side of one Germany rather than the other when he travelled to receive 
the Goethe Prize in Frankfurt 1949, making a point of doing the same in 
Weimar and refusing 'to participate in the hysterical persecution of 
Communists and the incitement to war', disliking intensely the sort of 
anti-communism which was around then. For these he was much vilified in the 
West German press, and quite a bit in the US as well, I believe. No 
socialist for sure, but a figure in whose work Lukács found much of value, 
and a bit of a different type of 'dissident' to the types of usual suspects 
you cite.


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