Retroactive Justice: Prehistory of Post-Communism (Cultural Memory in the Present)

By: Rév, István

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This unorthodox scholarly work dissects the ghosts of history in order to analyze how the past--both recent and distant--haunts posterity, and in what ways the present disfigures the image of times gone by. The book presents a novel history of Communism from the perspective of its collapse, and inspects the world beyond the Fall in the distorting mirror of its imagined prehistory. Using a series of strange and darkly ironic stories, the subsequent chapters provide a close exploration of some of the essential objects of historical study: the name, the date, the dead, the relic, the pantheon, the court, the underworld, and the underground. The tension between vast distances, both in space and time, that "Retroactive Justice" covers, and the extremely focused analyses, provide an unexpected experience of writing and rewriting, visioning and revisioning history.

Title: Retroactive Justice: Prehistory of Post-Communism (Cultural Memory in the Present)

Author Name: Rév, István

Categories: Historiography,

Publisher: Stanford University Press:

ISBN Number: 0804736448

ISBN Number 13: 9780804736442

Binding: PAPERBACK

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: Z0804736448Z2

Description: 0804736448 Crisp, clean, unread book with some shelfwear and a remainder mark to one edge - NICE