Lives on the Left
A Group Portrait
With contributions from Giovanni Arrighi, With contributions from Akira Asada, With contributions from Luciana Castellina, With contributions from Noam Chomsky, With contributions from Lucio Colletti, With contributions from K. Damodaran, With contributions from Adolfo Gilly, With contributions from David Harvey, With contributions from Wang Hui, With contributions from Hedda Korsch, With contributions from Georg Lukács, With contributions from Ernest Mandel, With contributions from Jiri Pelikan, With contributions from Jean-Paul Sartre, With contributions from João Pedro Stédile, With contributions from Dorothy Thompson
A Verso book
Voices of Sartre, Lukács, Chomsky, Harvey and others in conversation with New Left Review.
The extended critical interview is especially flexible as a form, by turns tenacious and glancing, elliptical or sustained, combining argument and counter-argument, reflection, history and memoir with a freedom normally denied to its subjects in conventional writing formats. Lives on the Left brings together sixteen such interviews from New Left Review in a group portrait of intellectual engagement in the twentieth century and since.
Four generations of intellectuals discuss their political histories and present perspectives, and the specialized work for which they are, often, best known. Their recollections span the century from the Great War and the October Revolution to the present, ranging across Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. Psychoanalysis, philosophy, the gendering of private and public life, capital and class formation, the novel, geography, and language are among the topics of theoretical discussion. At the heart of the collection, in all its diversity of testimony and judgement, is critical experience of communism and the tradition of Marx, relayed now for a new generation of readers.
Lives on the Left includes interviews with Georg Lukács, Hedda Korsch, Jean-Paul Sartre, Dorothy Thompson, Jiri Pelikan, Ernest Mandel, Luciana Castellina, Lucio Colletti, K. Damodaran, Noam Chomsky, David Harvey, Adolfo Gilly, João Pedro Stédile, Asada Akira, Wang Hui and Giovanni Arrighi.
New Left Review was founded in 1960 in London, which has remained its base ever since. In fifty years of publication, it has won an international reputation as an independent journal of socialist politics and ideas, attracting readers and contributors from every part of the world. A Spanish-language edition is published bi-monthly from Madrid.
- November 2011
- 6.2 × 9.2 in
/ 392 pages
- Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies and the Philippines.
Endorsements & Reviews
“It is hard not to be intimidated by New Left Review. For many, the journal functions like a kind of older brother whom we look up to—more serious, better informed, better traveled, stronger, irreplaceable.
When so much of even the so-called ‘serious’ media is given over to celebrity-fueled ephemera and the recycling of press releases and in-house gossip; and when the academic world is struggling to mitigate the worst effects of funding-driven overproduction and careerist modishness; and when national and international politics seem to consist of bowing to the imperatives of ‘the market’ while avoiding public relations gaffes; then we need more than ever a ‘forum’ like NLR.
It is up to date without being merely journalistic; it is scholarly but unscarred by citation-compulsion; and it is analytical about the long-term forces at work in politics rather than obsessed by the spume of the latest wavelet of maneuvering and posturing.
That’s what I admire above all about NLR: its intellectual seriousness—its magnificently strenuous attempt to understand, to analyze, to theorize.” — The Guardian
Also by Francis Mulhern